Emmy worthy ... Former PM John Howard with The Daily Show's John Oliver.
Former politicians John Howard, Tim Fischer and Rob Borbidge aren't the first names which spring to mind when you think of TV's annual Emmy Awards.
But a news segment featuring the three was a surprise winner at America's television gongs today.
The segment, titled Australia and Gun Control's Aftermath, was produced as part of the news satire, The Daily Show.
The Daily Show interviewer John Oliver, left, with gun lobbyist Philip Van Cleave.
The segment, which was aired in three parts, followed comedian John Oliver as he investigated Australia's gun control legislation, which Howard, Fischer and Borbidge had been instrumental in bringing about in the wake of the Port Arthur massacre.
The point of the segments was to illustrate that gun control can reduce gun crime, a point which is frequently shot down - pun intended - by the gun lobby in the United States.
In was produced in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last year.
The third of the three segments won an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Picture Editing for Short-Form Segments and Variety Specials.
It featured footage of a defiant prime minister John Howard, then at the height of his political power, standing down an angry pro-gun crowd, shouting "there is no other way".
It also featured interviews with former Queensland premier Rob Borbidge and former deputy prime minister Tim Fisher.
Howard was interviewed in the second of the three segments.
The category's name might be a mouthful, but it's a bona fide Emmy win.
So too is the award to Jane Campion's Top of the Lake, the seven-episode drama shot in New Zealand with Mad Men's Elizabeth Moss starring as a detective investigating the disappearance of a teenage girl. It won best cinematography for a movie or miniseries.
Those awards were handed out in a ceremony known as the Creative Arts Emmys, which are held a week before the main prime-time Emmy Awards.
They include categories such as casting, editing, art direction, hair-styling, makeup and sound mixing. In effect, they lessen the load on Emmy night by hiving off the technical and creative awards into a separate event.
In a somewhat controversial note, the organisers this year enforced a 45-second rule in which winners had to get to the stage and make their speech while the clock ticked. In the past, the stopwatch is not usually started until they have reached the podium.
As a result, many speeches were cut short, and many winners left out of breath once it became apparent the rule was being strictly enforced.
While they should not be seen as too prophetic in terms of foreshadowing what will happen at next week's Emmy Awards, they did point a big fat winning finger at the HBO drama Behind The Candelabra, as it took out a bunch of key categories.
Behind The Candelabra is the HBO drama based on the life of the flamboyant entertainer Liberace.
It won creative arts Emmy Awards in the casting, art direction and sound mixing categories. In two wins likely to make many smirk, it also won for prosthetic and non-prosthetic makeup.
If that's a sign of things to come, it's going to cause a whole lot of pain for producer Ryan Murphy, whose critically acclaimed miniseries American Horror Story is the most nominated program at next weekend's awards.
American Horror Story is the category's darling, but two new titles - the miniseries Behind The Candelabra and the drama series House of Cards - are tipped to cause major upsets at next week's awards.
The Governor's Award was given to veteran voice actress June Foray. Among her long career credits are roles in Cinderella, Rocky and Bullwinkle, The Smurfs, The Flintstones, Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo and The Jetsons.
Full list of winners at the 65th prime-time Creative Arts Emmy Awards:
Casting for a Drama Series: House of Cards.
Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or Special: Behind The Candelabra.
Casting for a Comedy Series: 30 Rock.
Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Melissa Leo, in Louie.
Animated Program: South Park.
Short Form Animated: Mickey Mouse, Croissant de Triomphe.
Children's Program: Nick News With Linda Ellerbee.
Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series: MasterChef.
Art Direction For Variety or Nonfiction Programming: London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and Saturday Night Live (tied).
Art Direction for Miniseries or Movie: Behind The Candelabra.
Art Direction for a Single Camera Series: Boardwalk Empire.
Stunt Coordination for Comedy Series or Variety Program: Supah Ninjas.
Stunt Coordination for Drama Series, Miniseries or Movie: Revolution.
Picture Editing for Reality Programming: Deadliest Catch.
Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming: Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God.
Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series: Breaking Bad.
Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series: The Office.
Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series: How I Met Your Mother.
Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or a Movie: Behind The Candelabra.
Picture Editing For Short-Form Segments and Variety Specials: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart: Australia & Gun Control's Aftermath, Part 3.
Hairstyling for Movie or Miniseries: Behind The Candelabra.
Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special: Saturday Night Live.
Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series: Boardwalk Empire.
Guest Actor, Drama Series: Dan Bucatinsky, in Scandal.
Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special: The 55th Annual Grammy Awards.
Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming: History Of The Eagles.
Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour): Boardwalk Empire.
Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie: Behind The Candelabra.
Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation: Nurse Jackie.
Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special: Behind The Candelabra.
Makeup for a Miniseries or a Movie (Non-Prosthetic): Behind The Candelabra.
Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic): Game Of Thrones.
Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series Or Special (Non-Prosthetic): Saturday Night Live.
Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special: American Horror Story: Asylum.
Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera): The Men Who Built America.
Sound Editing for a Series: Boardwalk Empire.
Special Visual Effects: Game of Thrones.
Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role: Banshee.
Voice-Over Performance: Lily Tomlin (narrator), An Apology To Elephants.
Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special: Behind The Candelabra.
Costumes For A Series: The Borgias.
Costumes for a Variety Program or Special: (Juried award) 55th Annual Grammy Awards; The Men Who Built America: Bloody Battles and Portland.
Governor's Award: Voice actress June Foray.
Music Direction: 66th Annual Tony Awards.
Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score): Downton Abbey.
Original Music And Lyrics: 66th Annual Tony Awards.
Music Composition For A Miniseries, Movie or A Special (Original Dramatic Score): World Without End.
Original Main Title Theme Music: Da Vinci's Demons.
Main Title Design: Da Vinci's Demons.
Commercial: Inspired, for Canon.
Guest Actor In A Comedy Series: Bob Newhart, in The Big Bang Theory.
Cinematography For Reality Programming: Deadliest Catch.
Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series: House of Cards.
Cinematography For A Miniseries or Movie: Top of the Lake.
Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
Guest Actress In A Drama Series: Carrie Preston, in The Good Wife.
Directing for Nonfiction Programming: American Masters, Mel Brooks: Make A Noise.
Writing for Nonfiction Programming: Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House of God.
Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking: Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God.
Documentary or Nonfiction Special: Manhunt: The Inside Story of the Hunt for Bin Laden.
Documentary or Nonfiction Series: American Masters.
Informational Series or Special: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and Inside The Actors Studio (tied).
Special Class Programs: 66th Annual Tony Awards.
Special Class, Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs: Children's Hospital.
Special Class, Short-Format Nonfiction Programs: Remembering 9/11.
Interactive Program: Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together For Autism Programs.
Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series: The Voice.
Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special: Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show.
Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series: How I Met Your Mother.
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series: The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special: 66th Annual Tony Awards
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special: The Kennedy Center Honors
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: Louis C.K. Oh My God
Outstanding Variety Special: The Kennedy Center Honors
Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway
Outstanding Reality Program: Undercover Boss