Toni Collette wins Emmy

Apparently, Muriel isn’t so terrible.
Our very own Toni Collette surprised everyone when she beat red-hot favourite, Tina Fey to win best actress in a comedy at the freshly wrapped up 61st Emmy Awards.

Collette won the award for her character in the comedy-drama †United States of Tara’, a series created by ‘Juno’ screenwriter, Diablo Cody.

She should, however, perhaps of received a couple more Emmys.

In the series, Collette plays Tara Gregson- a wife and mother with dissociative identity disorder. After deciding to take a break from her medication in order to discover the real cause behind her disorder, her alternate personalities re-emerge with Collette subsequently playing four totally different characters within the show.

It seems the critics weren’t the only ones with their money on Fey.
“Wow this is insanely confronting,” said the star of †Muriel’s Wedding’, “I’m so humble to be here in this room let along up on this stage.”

The other nominees were Christina Applegate (‘Samantha Who?’), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (‘The New Adventures of Old Christine’), Sarah Silverman (‘The Sarah Silverman Program’) and Mary-Louise Parker (‘Weeds’).

Collette was unfortunately the only Aussie nominee to go away with a win.

Other homegrown nominees included Sydney-born Rose Byrne who failed to win an Emmy for her role in †Damages’ (although she has already made an appearance on several †Best Dressed’ lists) and Tassie-born Simon Baker missed out on best actor in a drama for his role in CBS drama the †Mentalist’.

This was Collette’s 2nd Emmy nomination with her role in the miniseries †Tsunami the Aftermath’ scoring her one in 2006.

She does however have five AFI awards and lets be honest- who needs an Emmy when you have an Australian Film Industry trophy in the pool room?

(image via.ABC Online)