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MICHELLE ROBINSON
Last updated 09:00 23/09/2013
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There were many "pinch me" moments on the set of acclaimed TV series Top of the Lake, and the crew are holding their breath for more today.

The series by Oscar-winning Kiwi writer and director Jane Campion has scored an impressive eight Emmy Award nominations, five of which will be announced at the awards ceremony in Los Angeles tomorrow (NZ time).

Top of the Lake, filmed in the Queenstown lakes area, has already received one gong for outstanding cinematography by Adam Arkapaw. But it missed out in the categories of outstanding casting and single camera picture editing.

Campion and Auckland-based producer Philippa Campbell will be among cast and crew on the red carpet at the awards, where Campion is up for the outstanding writing (with Gerard Lee) and directing (with Garth Davis) for a miniseries awards.

Top of the Lake's other nominations are for outstanding miniseries or movie, outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie (Elisabeth Moss) and outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or movie (Peter Mullan).

Campbell says the awards ceremony will be one of many "pinch me" moments she experienced on set.

"Watching Jane and Holly Hunter working together . . . was extraordinary.

"Holly is tiny and Jane is quite tall and they just have this extraordinary complicity, so that was pretty amazing."

The pair worked together previously in the Oscar-winner The Piano.

Another unforgettable moment was watching 13-year-old Kiwi actress Jacqueline Joe, who plays young crime victim Tui, in a scene shot on a precarious location on top of a mountain.

"I looked out the window and there they all were huddled on what seemed to be an impossibly small piece of ground. When I saw it that night I burst into tears, it was so moving."

The show's biggest competition is expected to come from Steven Soderbergh's biopic about Liberace, Behind the Candelabra, which stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.

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