IRELAND IS set to win big at this year's Emmys as a number of Irish-run shows and actors have received a nomination for the prestigious awards.
And it's the show that took the world by storm and helped thousands of us through the strictest part of the coronavirus lockdown that has been tipped for glory at this year's awards.
Normal People, based on the novel of the same name, has been nominated for no less than four awards, including Paul Mescal (Connell) for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series, Lenny Abrahamson for Outstanding Director for a Limited Series, Sally Rooney and Alice Birch for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series and Louise Kiely for Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series.
Kildare actor and all-round legend Paul Mescal will go head to head with Jeremy Irons, Hugh Jackman, Jeremy Pope and Mark Ruffalo to clinch the award, and while the competition is tough, he's certainly in with a fair chance.
Speaking yesterday when the news was announced, Mescal said he was "utterly honoured" to be nominated alongside "such immense actors I have admired from afar".
"Normal People was created by a huge cast and crew who deserve so much recognition for their incredible work," he said.
My actual face right now! Thank you to absolutely everyone at @ElementPictures,@hulu and @bbcthree! @lennyabrahamson I will never be able to thank you enough ❤️! @DaisyEdgarJones this only exists because of you and your extraordinary talent it’s as simple as that! Thank you all x pic.twitter.com/s3t6hqr0SW
— Paul Mescal (@mescal_paul) July 28, 2020
"Most importantly I want to thank my amazing friend and brilliant co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones as the show would not have got the extraordinary response without her electric performance."
Normal People wasn't alone in being tipped to bring Emmy glory to Ireland, however: Andrew Scott, possibly best known for playing the Hot Priest in BBC's Fleabag has also been nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role in the latest season of Black Mirror.
And Cork actress Fiona Shaw-- formerly of Harry Potter fame-- has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama series for her role in Killing Eve.
The winners will be announced at the Emmy awards ceremony this September.