Hannah Gadsby wins 2019 Emmy Award for Netflix special Nanette

Hannah Gadsby has won the 2019 Emmy award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special.

It's the latest in a string of accolades for the Tasmanian comedian, who took the world by storm with her Netflix special Nanette.

Gadsby beat an eyebrow-raising list of nominees to score the award: Beyonce, Adam Sandler, Amy Schumer, James Corden, and Wanda Sykes.

The award was given out at the Creative Arts Awards Emmys, which take place ahead of the Primetime Emmys on September 22.

They recognise animation, documentaries, reality TV and variety specials, while the latter recognises scripted TV.

Gadsby was also nominated in the category Best Variety Special (Pre-recorded), which went to James Corden's Carpool Karaoke.

BACK ON TRACK: After she briefly toyed last year with dropping comedy, Smithton-born artist Hannah Gadsby has moved on to bigger things with a new show coming up.

BACK ON TRACK: After she briefly toyed last year with dropping comedy, Smithton-born artist Hannah Gadsby has moved on to bigger things with a new show coming up.

Actor Russell Crowe offered his congratulations to Gadsby on Twitter, and comedian Wil Anderson said "Australian comedy is in pretty great hands".

Gasby grew up in Smithton, and talks about North-West Tasmania - not always with the fondest memories - in Nanette.

The award was for Best Performance in a Television Comedy, which she got for the Netflix show Nanette.

It was released to critical acclaim for her handling of tough topics like homophobia, misogyny, and for her unconventional storytelling style.

The Nanette special was filmed during a live performance at the Sydney Opera House.

On April 30, Gadsby began her US tour of Douglas, named after her dog.

Other winners at the Emmys included the Simpsons, Michael Jackson documentary Finding Neverland, and Anthony Bourdain's posthumous award for Parts Unknown.

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