Normal People's Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones and the stars of The Crown could hear their names when the nominees are announced for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards later today. 

The build-up to the announcement of this year's nominees has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement is taking place virtually with comedian Leslie Jones on hosting duties. Laverne Cox, Josh Gad and Tatiana Maslany will also present.

The Emmys are the biggest night in US TV and recognise excellence in the medium.

The adaptation of Sally Rooney's Normal People by Element Pictures, which was shown on RTÉ One, the BBC and streaming service Hulu, was a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic when it premiered in April and could earn a nomination for Outstanding Limited Series.

Irish actor Paul Mescal earned high praise for his portrayal of Connell and could find himself among the acting nominees for a limited series. Other prospective nominees in this category include Hugh Jackman (Bad Education), Mark Ruffalo (I Know This Much Is True) and Russell Crowe (The Loudest Voice).

Tobias Menzies, who plays the Duke of Edinburgh in The Crown, is also in with a shout of being nominated in the drama series category.

Olivia Coleman as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown

Mescal's Normal People co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones was lauded for her performance as Marianne but faces stellar competition in the limited series actress category from Little Fires Everywhere co-stars Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, Regina King (Watchmen) and Cate Blanchett (Mrs America), among others.

Olivia Colman (The Crown), Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show), Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies) and Laura Linney (Ozark) are among the contenders in the drama series category.

The Crown's Helena Bonham Carter and Westworld's Thandie Newton may score nominations in the supporting categories, while Matthew Macfadyen could be recognised for Succession.

Succession is also expected to pick up a number of nominations

In the Outstanding Drama Series category, Game of Thrones is no longer eligible after finishing its record-setting run last year, leaving the field open to challengers including Succession, Ozark and The Crown.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag swept all before it 12 months ago but also brought the curtain down with its most recent season, meaning Outstanding Comedy Series is open for the likes of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and Schitt's Creek.

Jimmy Kimmel is set to host the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20.