The unlikely couple of Ozzy Osbourne and Ali G were named yesterday as the flag carriers of British talent on American television after they were nominated in the same category for an Emmy.
The Brummy rocker and the bling-bling comedian from Staines will compete in the awards' alternative reality TV section, with the US version of The Antiques Roadshow.
The nominations brought the total number of Britons in the running for an Emmy, the American equivalent of the Baftas, to six out of 435 nominees.
Other British stars invited to the prize ceremony in Los Angeles on 21 September include Dame Helen Mirren, up for two awards, Helena Bonham Carter and Dame Maggie Smith.
The nomination of Ali G, the rap artist persona of the British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, represents a U-turn in critical opinion over the Atlantic after early episodes of the American version of his spoof interview show were widely slated.
The comedian caused an outcry when, on his first show on HBO cable, he deliberately confused the 11 September attacks with a convenience store chain and referred to the atrocity as 7/11.
The Washington Post wrote: "Cohen in character is clueless but nothing excuses joking about 11 September 2001."
The nomination for The Osbournes, the MTV show chronicling the chaotic domestic life of Ozzy, his wife and two children, completes the return of the former Black Sabbath singer to mainstream success after the show was serialised across the globe.
The three British actresses are also competing against each other for a single award in the category for best actress in a mini-series or a movie.
Dame Maggie is nominated for Tennessee Williams' The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone, Dame Helen for My House in Umbria and Bonham Carter for Live from Baghdad. Dame Helen is also nominated in the supporting actress category for Door to Door.
The other Briton shortlisted is Peter O'Toole, for supporting actor in the mini-series Hitler: The Rise of Evil, playing ageing President von Hindenburg.
Otherwise the Emmies were dominated by recent hits on US TV, most of which have also been exported to Britain.
Six Feet Under, the comedy drama about a funeral parlour, topped the nominations' list by being shortlisted for 16 awards, pipping the White House drama, The West Wing, with 15 nominations. The Sopranos collected 13 nominations along with Sex and the City.
THE MAIN NOMINATIONS
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Six Feet Under
The West Wing
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Everybody Loves Raymond
Sex and the City
Will and Grace
LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Bernie Mac - Bernie Mac Show
Larry David - Curb Your Enthusiasm
Ray Romano - Everybody Loves Raymond
Matt LeBlanc - Friends
Tony Shalhoub - Monk
Eric McCormack - Will and Grace
LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Vic Mackey - The Shield
Peter Krause - Six Feet Under
James Gandolfini - The Sopranos
Kiefer Sutherland - 24
Martin Sheen - West Wing
LEAD ACTOR IN MINISERIES/MOVIE
William H Macy - Door to Door
Brad Garrett - Gleason
Tom Wilkinson - Normal
Paul Newman - Our Town
James Woods - The Rudy Giuliani Story
LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Patricia Heaton - Everybody Loves Raymond
Jennifer Aniston - Friends
Jane Kaczmarek - Malcolm in the Middle
Sarah Jessica Parker - Sex and the City
Debra Messing - Will & Grace
LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Jennifer Garner - Alias
Marg Helgenberger - CSI
Frances Conroy - Six Feet Under
Edie Falco - The Sopranos
Allison Janney -West Wing
LEAD ACTRESS IN MINISERIES/MOVIE
Thora Birch - Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story
Helena Bonham Carter - Live From Baghdad
Maggie Smith - My House in Umbria
Jessica Lange - Normal
Helen Mirren - The Roman Spring of Mrs StoneReuse content