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Kidman, Rush, Davis in Emmy hunt

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September 14, 2017

US critics and awards experts rave about Nicole Kidman's performance in Big Little Lies.

Nicole Kidman might have to seek out a Broadway play.

The Australian actress is the red hot favourite to win not one, but two, Emmy Awards this weekend for starring in and producing the TV mini-series Big Little Lies.

If bookmakers and awards experts are correct and the Australian does claim at least one Emmy, Kidman, no stranger to the stage, will just need a Tony Award to join an elite group of actors.

Dubbed the "Triple Crown of Acting", the elite 23 who have won an Oscar, Emmy and Tony include the likes of fellow Australian Geoffrey Rush, Helen Mirren and Al Pacino.

Kidman won her Oscar in 2003 for The Hours.

Sunday's (Monday 10am AEST) 69th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles could be a bumper one for Australia with Rush, Judy Davis, Kate Dennis and Bruna Papandrea also up for trophies.

Critics raved about Kidman in Big Little Lies, with the New York Times calling her performance "remarkable" and Time wrote it was gratifying "to see Kidman, one of the finest performers working today, get the level of praise that's eluded her, somewhat, in recent film work".

"Playing an abused wife at war with her husband and herself, Kidman gave an extraordinary performance - the year's best - aching and anguished, a master class of subtlety and control," Los Angeles Times' Glenn Whipp, in predicting Kidman as the winner of the lead actress in a limited TV series or TV movie category, wrote.

Big Little Lies was based on Australian author Liane Moriarty's novel of the same name.

Kidman's favouritism is extraordinary considering the talent she is up against: four Oscar winners, including triple crown member Jessica Lange.

Lange is nominated for playing screen legend Joan Crawford in FEUD: Bette And Joan and her co-star, Susan Sarandon, is also in the category for portraying Bette Davis in the series.

Kidman's Big Little Lies co-star Reese Witherspoon, Felicity Huffman (American Crime) and Carrie Coon (Fargo) are the other nominees.

Big Little Lies, with Kidman and Papandrea, as executive producers, is the frontrunner for Outstanding Limited Series ahead of FEUD and The Night Of.

Rush won an Emmy in 2005 for The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, but is a long shot this year for playing Albert Einstein in the mini-series Genius.

Robert De Niro, for his portrayal of fraudster Bernie Madoff in The Wizard of Lies, is the favourite.

Emmy voters love Davis, bestowing her with 12 nominations and crowning her a winner three times.

Davis was nominated this year for her role as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in FEUD.

Kate Dennis is nominated for directing The Handmaid's Tale, but has plenty of competition with two heavyweights, Better Call Saul's Vince Gilligan and The Crown's Stephen Daldry, in the category.

Saturday Night Live and Westworld led the tally for the most overall nominations (22) in all categories, followed by Stranger Things, FEUD (18) and Veep (17).

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