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Britain wins big at International Emmy Awards

New York City, US, Nov 21 (EFE).- British productions won in seven of the 15 categories at the 50th International Emmy Awards, which recognize excellence in television produced outside the United States, on Monday.

The award for best drama series went to “Vigil,” a six-part series about an investigation led by detective Amy Silva – played by Suranne Jones – into the death of one of the crew members of a submarine.

Britain’s Dougray Scott won best actor for his role in the series “Irvine Welsh’s Crime”, while France’s Lou de Laâge took home the award for best actress for her performance in “Le Bal Des Folles.”

“Enfants de Daech, les damnés de la guerre” (Iraq’s Lost Generation) won best documentary.

Directed by Anne Poiret, the documentary revolves around the plight of the children of the fighters of the Islamic State terror group living in camps in Iraq and Syria.

While collecting the award, the team behind the documentary said that they hoped the award would propel France’s authorities to repatriate about 100 French children still living in Syrian refugee camps so that they could return to their families.

The third season of another British production, “Sex Education”, took home the award for best comedy.

Best TV movie/minis series also went to the UK for “Help”, which tells the story of a worker at a care home, and the best kids’ animation was awarded to “Shaun the Sheep: Flight Before Christmas.”

The award for best sports documentary went to “Queen of Speed,” the story of French former rally driver Michèle Mouton’s rise to the top a male-dominated sport in the 1980s, and best programming to “Freddie Mercury: The Final Act” about the last years of the singer’s life, taking Britain’s haul to a whopping seven.

The few awards given to non-English language productions included, in addition to best documentary, best kids’ live action, which went to the Dutch series “Kabam!”, set in a pre-school education center, and the award for best telenovela, which went to the South Korean production “Yeonmo”.

The award for best non-English language US primetime program went to “Buscando a Frida” (Looking for Frida), a Spanish-language series produced in the United States by Telemundo.

Two honorary awards were also presented at the ceremony, one of them to Miky Lee, considered the godmother of South Korean cinema and the woman behind the success of “Parasite”, the film that made history at the 2020 Oscars by winning four awards, including best picture.

Also honored was director, writer and producer Ava Duvernay, a champion of diversity in Hollywood and the first black woman to be nominated for best director at the Oscars. EFE


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