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Irish actor Paul Mescal misses out on Emmy Award

Paul Mescal, who starred alongside Daisy Edgar Jones in Normal People, missed out on an Emmy Award. Picture by Enda Bowe

IRISH actor Paul Mescal missed out on an Emmy Award for his role in the popular television drama, Normal People.

The Kildare-born star, who has been catapulted to fame for his role as Connell Waldron in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney's novel, had been nominated for lead actor in a limited series or movie.

But the 24-year-old, who hails from Maynooth, was denied the award by Mark Ruffalo who starred in I Know This Much Is True as identical twin brothers, one of whom is a paranoid schizophrenic.

It was a night of disappointment for Irish interests at the awards bash, with Normal People also failing to pick up gongs in another two categories.

Lenny Abrahamson missed out on the director award, while author Sally Rooney and Alice Birch failed to pick up the accolade for outstanding writing for a limited series.

Dublin-born actress Fiona Shaw also missed out on the supporting actress in a drama series award. Nominated for her role as Carolyn Martens in Killing Eve, it was the second year in succession that she missed out.

Watchmen, Succession and Schitt's Creek were the big winners of the night.

Anchored from an eerily empty Staples Centre in Los Angeles, the biggest night in US TV took place against the backdrop of a pandemic, social unrest and a looming presidential election.

Winners and nominees appeared via video feed, with host Jimmy Kimmel jokingly welcomed viewers to the "pandemmys".

Watchmen, a searing exploration of racism in America, won outstanding limited series while also picking up wins for directing and writing, as well as awards for stars Regina King and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

Succession's wins included the biggest prize of the night, outstanding drama series, and a lead actor gong for Jeremy Strong. It was also recognised for its writing and directing.

Schitt's Creek swept the comedy categories, with wins for stars Daniel Levy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara and Annie Murphy.

Eugene Levy (left) and Daniel Levy from Schitt's Creek accept the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series during the 72nd Emmy Awards telecast on Sunday. Picture by Television Academy/AP

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