Russell Crowe and David Stratton. (Photo: Mark Rogers)

Two Australian productions, Stranger Than Fiction Film’s David Stratton’s Stories of Australian Cinema and Endemol Shine Australia’s MasterChef Australia, are in contention for the 2018 International Emmy Awards.

Three-part series David Stratton’s Stories of Australian Cinema, produced for the ABC, is nominated for the Arts Programming Award. It will compete against Canada’s Dreaming of A Jewish Christmas (Riddle Films), Dutch production Etgar Keret, gebaseerd op een waar verhaal (Etgar Keret, based on a true story) (Baldr Film/NTR Television) and Brazil’s Palavras Em Série (Words in Series) (GNT/Hungry Man).

Stories of Australian Cinema, directed by Sally Aitken and produced by Jen Peedom and Jo-anne McGowan, sees the film critic and former co-host of ABC’s At The Movies and SBS’s The Movie Show reflect on Australian films, including interviews from the likes of Nicole Kidman, Judy Davis, Russell Crowe and Jacki Weaver, Gillian Armstrong, George Miller, Fred Schepisi, Bruce Beresford, David Michod, Rachel Perkins and Warwick Thornton.

It aired on the ABC in 2017, while a feature cut, A Cinematic Life – which had more of a focus on Stratton himself – was released theatrically the same year via Transmission Films.

‘Masterchef Australia’ judges Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and George Calombaris.

Of the nomination, Stratton said: “I’m thrilled that Stories of Australian Cinema has received this most prestigious nomination. Congratulations to Sally Aitken, the director, Jo-anne McGowan and Jennifer Peedom, the producers, and to the ABC for supporting this series, which was more than anything else a tribute to the richness, talent and variety of Australian films and filmmakers.”

MasterChef Australia is up for the Non-Scripted Entertainment Award, competing against Belgium’s Hoe Zal Ik Het Zeggen? (Did you get the Message?) (Shelter), Thailand’s The Mask Singer and Top Chef México (Sony Pictures Television de Mexico/Cinemateli).

A continual ratings hit for Network Ten, MasterChef Australia aired its tenth season this year, and has already been renewed for 2019.

Overall, there are 44 nominees across 11 categories and 20 countries for this year’s awards, with the winners to be announced on November 19 at the Hilton New York Hotel.

“Look at the diversity and geographic spread of this year’s nominations across all continents and platforms,” said Bruce L. Paisner, President and CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

“It is clear that excellence in television is a global phenomenon which transcends culture and language.”

The full list of nominees:

Arts Programming

David Stratton’s Stories of Australian Cinema
Stranger Than Fiction Films

Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas
Riddle Films

Etgar Keret, gebaseerd op een waar verhaal
(Etgar Keret, based on a true story)
Baldr Film / NTR Television

Palavras Em Série
(Words in Series)
GNT / Hungry Man

Best Performance by an Actor

Julio Andrade in Um Contra Todos – Season 2
(One Against All)
Conspiração Filmes / FOX Networks Group LATAM

Billy Campbell in Cardinal
Sienna Films / Entertainment One

Lars Mikkelsen in Herrens Veje (Ride Upon the Storm)
DR Drama / ARTE France / SAM le Français / DR Drama / ARTE France

Tolga Saritas in Soz
Tims&B Productions

Best Performance by an Actress

Thuso Mbedu in Is’thunzi – Season 2
Rapid Blue
South Africa

Anna Schudt in Ein Schnupfen hätte auch gereicht
Zeitsprung Pictures / RTL Television

Emily Watson in Apple Tree Yard
United Kingdom

Denise Weinberg in Psi – Season 3
HBO Latin America / O2 Filmes


Club de Cuervos
Alazraki Films / Netflix

El Fin de la Comedia – Season 2
(The End of Comedy)
Comedy Central España

Endemol Shine Israel / ‘Gesher’ Fund / Avi Chai Fund

Workin’ Moms
Wolf + Rabbit Entertainment


De Wereld van Puck
(Puck’s World)
KURTA / EO Television

Eu Sou Assim
(This is Me)
GNT / TV Zero

Goodbye Aleppo
BBC Arabic
United Kingdom

IPC & WOWOW Paralympic Documentary Series WHO I AM Season2
WOWOW / Acrobat Film

Drama Series

Inside Edge
Amazon Studios

La Casa de Papel
(Money Heist)
Vancouver Media / Atresmedia Televisión

Um Contra Todos – Season 2
(One Against All)
Conspiração Filmes / FOX Networks Group LATAM

Urban Myths
Happy Tramp Productions / Sky plc
United Kingdom

Non-English U.S. Primetime Program

El Señor de los Cielos – Season 5
Telemundo Studios / Argos Televisión
United States of America

El Vato Season 2
Universo / Endemol Shine Boomdog
United States of America

Jenni Rivera, Mariposa de Barrio
Telemundo Studios
United States of America

Sin Senos Sí Hay Paraíso – Season 2
Telemundo Studios / FoxTelecolombia
United States of America

Non-Scripted Entertainment

Hoe Zal Ik Het Zeggen?
(Did you get the Message?)

Masterchef Australia
Endemol Shine Australia

The Mask Singer
Thai Broadcasting Company Limited

Top Chef México
Sony Pictures Television de Mexico / Cinemateli

Short-Form Series

How to Buy a Baby
LoCo Motion Pictures

L’âge adulte
Productions Pixcom

Shin gamdok eul sulgiroun sa seang hwal
(Sensible Life of Director Shin)
Seventytwo Seconds
South Korea

Una Historia Necesaria
(The Suspended Mourning)
Tridi Films / CNTV / Escuela de Cine de Chile


Cesur ve Guzel
(Brave and Beautiful)
Ay Yapim

Istanbullu Gelin
O3 Medya / Global Agency

Ouro Verde
(The Payback)
Plural Entertainment Portugal

Paquita La Del Barrio
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) / Grupo Imagen / Teleset

TV Movie/Mini-Series

Aldo – Mais Forte Que O Mundo
Globo Filmes / Globo / Black Maria / Paris Entretenimento

Kurara: The Dazzling Life of Hokusai’s Daughter
NHK Enterprises / NHK

Man in an Orange Shirt
United Kingdom

Toter Winkel
(Blind Spot)
Geissendoerfer Film & Fernsehproduktion / WDR

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