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Two-time Oscar-winner Glenda Jackson picked up her first-ever International Emmy for best actress in Elizabeth Is Missing, in which she plays an 80-something woman suffering from dementia while struggling to solve a murder mystery.
Best actor honors went to 13-year-old Billy Barratt for his performance as a boy tried as an adult for murder in British TV movie Responsible Child, which also picked up an International Emmy for best TV movie or miniseries.
Netflix swept the top two categories, winning the best drama series honors for its Indian series Delhi Crime, about the notorious Nirbhaya gang-rape case, while Brazilian show Nobody’s Looking, a satire about red-haired bureaucratic angels, took the best comedy award.
For Sama, the Oscar-nominated documentary about the Syrian war, picked up an International Emmy in the best documentary category.
A highlight was the International Emmy Founders Award, which went to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his daily televised briefings on the novel coronavirus pandemic. The International Academy said they were acknowledging Cuomo for “his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world.”
In a series of videos, a who’s who of New York talent, including Spike Lee, Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Rosie Perez, Billy Crystal and Billy Joel, paid tribute to their governor.
Veteran TV, film and stage actor Richard Kind (Mad About You, Hereafter) hosted the online event from New York, joined by a cast of presenters in the U.S. and around the world.
“Hello and welcome to the first, and hopefully the last virtual International Emmy Awards!” Kind said, raising a glass of champagne to the unseen audience from around the world.
U.S. presenters included Naturi Naughton (Power), Kelsey Asbille (Fargo), Paul Blackthorne (Arrow), Tituss Burgess (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Tim Daly (Madam Secretary), Nico Tortorella (Younger) and Indira Varma (Game of Thrones), while the gala’s international cast included Turkish International Emmy winner Haluk Bilginer from Istanbul, German comedic actor Caroline Peters from Cologne, Brazilian star Cauã Reymond from Rio de Janeiro, Spanish actor Miguel Ángel Silvestre from Madrid and Chinese news anchor Fu Xiaotian from Hong Kong.
In other awards, Endemol Shine Australia’s Old People’s Home for 4-Year-Olds took the International Emmy for best nonscripted entertainment, Globo’s Orphans of a Nation took the best Telenovela award, and Czech short #martyisdead won best shortform series. In one of the night’s big surprises, the International Emmy for best non-English-language show on U.S. primetime was a tie between Univision’s broadcast of the 20th Annual Latin Grammy Awards and Telemundo’s drama series La Reina del Sur.
A list of the winners of the 2020 International Emmy Awards follows.
Delhi Crime — producers: Ivanhoe Pictures/Golden Karavan/Poor Man’s Productions/Netflix, India
Nobody’s Looking — producers: Gullane Entertainment/ Netflix, Brazil
TV Movie/ Miniseries
Responsible Child — producers: Kudos/72 films, United Kingdom
Best Performance by an Actor
Billy Barratt in Responsible Child — producers: Kudos/72 films, United Kingdom
Best Performance by an Actress
Glenda Jackson in Elizabeth Is Missing — producer: STV Productions, United Kingdom
For Sama — producers: Channel 4 News/ITN Productions/PBS Frontline, United Kingdom
Vertige de la Chute (Ressaca) — producers: Babel Doc/France Televisions, France
Non-English Language US primetime
20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards — producers: Univision /The Latin Recording Academy, USA
La Reina del Sur – Season 2 — producers: Telemundo Global Studios/Netflix/AG Studios Colombia/Diagonal TV/Argos, USA (tie)
Orphans of a Nation — producer: Globo, Brazil
Old People’s Home for 4-Year-Olds — producer: Endemol Shine Australia, Australia
#martyisdead — producers: Bionaut/Mall.TV/cz.nic, Czech Republic
International Emmy Founders Award
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his COVID-19 briefings
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