Australia has secured a strong opening to its 2020 Emmy campaign, with cinematographer Greig Fraser winning an award in the cinematography for a single-camera, half-hour series category.
Fraser and New Zealand-born director of photography Baz Idoine won the award for their work on the critically-acclaimed Star Wars series The Mandalorian.
Greig Fraser and Baz Idoine making their acceptance speeches via video link at the 2020 Emmys.Credit:Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
The series, which airs on the Disney+ streaming platform, is set five years after the events of the film Return of the Jedi – the sixth chapter of the nine-film Star Wars saga – and follows the adventures of a Mandalorian gunslinger named Din Djarin.
In his acceptance speech, Fraser acknowledged the show's creative leaders, writer/producer Jon Favreau, writer/director/producer Dave Filoni and producer Kathleen Kennedy. "Your leadership and vision are incredible," he said.
Fraser also thanked his wife, Jodie Fried, and the couple's three children, Felix, Leo and Poppy.
Melbourne-born Fraser, 44, is known for the films Bright Star, directed by Jane Campion, and Zero Dark Thirty, directed by Kathryn Bigelow.
A scene from the Disney+ original series The Mandalorian.Credit:Lucasfilm
In 2017, Fraser was nominated for an Oscar in the best cinematographer category for the film Lion, which was directed by Garth Davis and starred Dev Patel, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman.
Fraser and Idoine have history with the Star Wars franchise: Fraser was director of photography and Idoine was the second unit director of photography on 2016's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Cinematographer Greig Fraser.
More recently, Fraser is in post-production on the remake of Dune, and is also filming comic book reboot The Batman. Production on The Batman, which is filming in the UK, is currently on hold.
The win for The Mandalorian was part of what looks like a broad sweep of the Creative Arts Emmys, which are held prior to this weekend's "primetime" Emmy awards.
The Mandalorian went into this year's Emmy season with a total of 15 nominations, including a nomination for best drama series, which will be announced on Monday, Australian time.
But in the Creative Arts categories, held over several nights prior to the main telecast, the series has already scooped wins for special visual effects, sound editing, sound mixing and production design in addition to Fraser and Idoine's win in the cinematography category.
Other Australian nominees at the Creative Arts Emmys include Antonio Gambale, nominated for outstanding music composition for a limited series and outstanding original main title theme music and Justine Seymour, nominated for outstanding contemporary costumes. Both are nominated for their work on the Netflix series Unorthodox.
Comedian Hannah Gadsby is also nominated for two awards – outstanding variety special and outstanding writing for a variety special – for her Netflix comedy special Douglas.
There are also five Australians nominated at Monday's primetime Emmys: Hugh Jackman (HBO's Bad Education) and Cate Blanchett (FX's Mrs. America) in the lead actor and actress in a limited series or movie category, Sarah Snook (HBO's Succession) and Toni Collette (Netflix's Unbelievable) in the supporting actress categories, and Tony McNamara (Hulu's The Great) for outstanding writing in a comedy series.
The 72nd annual primetime Emmy awards will air on Monday, September 21 from 10am on Fox Arena and will stream via Foxtel.
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