'Top of the Lake' Wins Big at Monte-Carlo TV Festival

Jane Campion
"Top of the Lake"

Matt LeBlanc's "Episodes" won the best comedy prize, while "Modern Family" star Julie Bowen took home best actress in a comedy.

MONACO -- Top of the Lake came out on top at the Monte-Carlo International Festival of Television, sweeping the mini-series category with three wins, including best mini-series, and prizes for stars Elisabeth Moss and Peter Mullan for best actress and best actor.

In the TV film category, the best film award went to Germany's Take Good Care of Him, and star Julia Koschitz was also awarded best actress for her performance. The best actor prize went to Klaus Maria Brandauer for Austria's film Blank.

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Julie Bowen took home the best actress prize in the comedy category for Emmy favorite Modern Family. Norway's Lillyhammer, about a mobster relocated to a small village, took the award for international comedy series, and star Steven van Zandt won the best actor prize.

The European comedy prize went to Episodes, the Matt LeBlanc-starrer produced by the U.K.'s Hatrick Productions, which airs on Showtime in the U.S.

In the news category, CNN was awarded for its around-the-clock coverage of the Ukraine crisis, while the U.K.'s Sky News was recognized in the TV news program category for its Central African Republic: Victims of Rape coverage.

Al Jazeera English won in the best news documentary category for its Identity and Exile film, and Norway's Moment Films was recognized for best current affairs documentary for Twin Sisters.

The awards were presided over by Prince Albert, who opened the festival Saturday with a lifetime achievement honor for prolific producer Jerry Bruckheimer.