Sunday 23 July 2017

Hollywood critic predicts Amy Huberman is 'major' contender for Emmy Award

Amy Huberman as Tara in Striking Out
Amy Huberman as Tara in Striking Out
What lies beneath: Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies
Amy Huberman as Tara in Striking Out
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A respected Hollywood critic has predicted Amy Huberman could win an Emmy Award this year.

While nominations won't be announced until July 13, preliminary voting is already underway and Emmy fever has swept Hollywood.

Scott Feniberg, awards critic with The Hollywood Reporter, has put forward his predictions on who he he expects will take home the gongs on the most important awards night in the TV calendar.

In his category for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Television Movie, Feinberg has tipped Amy Huberman has a "major threat" for her role in the RTE legal drama Striking Out.

What lies beneath: Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies
What lies beneath: Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies

Diving his predictions into four categories: frontrunners, major threats, possibilities and long shots; Feinberg included actresses from shows such as American Crime, Big Little Lies, Feud and Fargo.

Nicole Kidman is one of his frontrunners for her role in Big Little Lies, along with Carrie Coon (Fargo), Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies), Jessica Lange (Feud), Susan Sarandon (Feud) and Oprah Winfrey (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks).

Amy Huberman as Tara in Striking Out
Amy Huberman as Tara in Striking Out

But he considers Amy Huberman to be a "major threat" to his top picks, placing her alongside Felicity Huffman (American Crime), Viola Davis (Custody), Cynthia Nixon (Killing Reagan), Andrea Riseborough (Agatha Christie's The Witness For Prosecution) and Jessica Froggatt (Dark Angel).

Striking Out was given a major international boost when it was acquired by Acorn TV to be screened in the US and received rave reviews.

The New York Times gave it its stamp of approval, describing it as "fairly appealing, if you like the idea of a legal soap opera done like a restrained British rom-com.

"Or if you like the travelogue style of drama that includes lots of slow-motion nighttime helicopter shots of dramatic riverside skylines and daytime scenes set in front of public- art installations. It’s as if Dublin were auditioning for a best-places-to-visit-in-2017 feature."

The Emmy Awards take place on September 17.

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