Chris O'Dowd has won an Emmy for his role in short-form TV series State of the Union.
The ten-part Sundance TV short, written by Nick Hornby and starring Rosamund Pike and O'Dowd as a couple meeting in a pub before couples counseling and discussing their troubled marriage, is currently on BBC Two on Sunday nights and is also available to binge-watch on the RTÉ Player.
And not only did O’Dowd win for actor in a short-form comedy or drama, State of the Union also won the key short-form series category, while Pike won for actress in a short-form comedy or drama.
Ironically, State of the Union initially missed out on an Emmy nomination as outstanding short-form comedy or drama series, but wound up winning several awards at Sunday night's ceremony.
"Seems dodgy," O’Dowd joked backstage. "But I’m delighted. It’s a really strong show and I hope people get a chance to see it on Sundance."
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Two Emmy nods for the AMC’s short-form series Better Call Saul Employee Training: Madrigal Electromotive Security were pulled a few days after the nominations were announced after it was deemed ineligible for competition.
The Television Academy recently discovered that the series didn’t meet the minimum required running time of two minutes' duration and at least six episodes - a new stipulation that was added to the Emmy rules this year.
As a result, the show’s nomination for outstanding short form comedy or drama series, as well as star Jonathan Banks’ nomination for outstanding actor in a short form comedy or drama series, were revoked.