Lee's 'Levees' docu strong with pair of Banff TV nods

U.S., British producers dominate

Spike Lee's "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts" earned top honors Monday at the 28th annual Banff World Television Awards.

The HBO documentary about race and class divides spawned by Hurricane Katrina earned the Grand Prize as Banff honored the best in international TV programming.

"This genuinely seminal work will leave a creative — and political — legacy for years to come," said Slawko Klymkiw, chairman of the Banff international jury.

Lee's portrait of an embattled New Orleans also picked up the best social and political documentary prize.

As in past years, the Banff competition turned into a shootout between U.S. and British producers.

NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," from Warner Bros. Television, earned the trophy for best continuing series, while the best comedy award went to the British sitcom "The Vicar of Dibley: The Handsome Stranger" from Tiger Aspect Prods.

Other winners included the Channel 4 telefilm "Death of a President," a fictional account of the assassination of President Bush, which grabbed the best TV movie prize, and the U.K.'s "See No Evil: The Moors Murders" for best miniseries.

In all, 800 TV shows from 38 countries competed for trophies handed out in 20 categories.

The Banff World Television Festival continues through Wednesday.

A complete list of Banff winners is available at www.hollywoodreporter.com.