Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench received International Emmy nominations Monday for their roles in the BBC One TV movie Roald Dahl's Esio Trot.
Brazil scored a leading seven nominations, followed by Britain with six, including best actor and actress for Hoffman and Dench.
The two Oscar-winning acting veterans were honored for their roles in Esio Trot, based on Dahl's children's novel about a lonely aging bachelor who tries to woo the widow in the flat below, who is overly fond of her pet tortoise.
Germany had five nominations, including best TV movie/miniseries and best actor (Florian Stetter) for Nackt Unter Wolfen (Naked Among Wolves), an adaptation of the novel by East German author Bruno Apitz about prisoners in the Buchenwald concentration camp who risk their lives to hide a Polish-Jewish boy.
Canada and South Korea each had three nominations, while Argentina, France and the Philippines had two apiece.
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said 40 nominees from 15 countries will be competing in 10 categories for the International Emmys, which honor excellence in TV programming outside the U.S. The awards will be presented Nov. 21 at a gala at the Hilton New York Hotel hosted by Alan Cumming.
Brazilian nominees include Alexandre Nero (best actor) for A Regra do Jogo (Rules of the Game) and Grazi Massafera (best actress) for Verdades Secretas (Hidden Truths), Zorra (The Mess) in the comedy category and Adotada for nonscripted entertainment.
The other British nominees are Hoff the Record (comedy), My Son the Jihadi (documentary), Gogglebox (nonscripted entertainment) and Capital (TV movie/miniseries).
Taiwanese actor James Wen is the only other best-actor nominee, for Echoes of Time (Singapore). Other best-actress nominees are Jodi Santamaria of the Philippines for Pangako Sa'yo (The Promise) and Germany's Christiane Paul for Unterm Radar (Under the Radar).
Also competing in the comedy category are France's Dix Pour Cent (Call My Agent) and South Africa's Puppet Nation ZA.
Nominees for best drama series are Canada's 19-2, Argentina's La Casa Del Mar, Germany's Deutschland 83 and the United Arab Emirates' Waiting for Jasmin.
Shonda Rhimes will be presented the honorary International Emmy Founders Award. Maria Rorbye Ronn, CEO and director general of the Danish Broadcasting Corp., will receive the honorary International Emmy Directorate Award.