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A Norwegian WWII drama has won the top International Emmy

Norwegian WWII drama

Key Takeaways:

  • The 49th annual awards show recognized the best television shows produced outside of the United States.
  • While Netflix was once again in the spotlight, other networks had an opportunity to shine as well.

With television shows produced outside of the United States becoming international hits, such as “Squid Game,” this year’s 49th International Emmy Awards received more attention than usual.

The International Academy of Television Arts also Sciences bestows these honors on the best television shows produced outside the United States. This year’s winners were announced at an in-person ceremony on November 22 in New York City, hosted by actress and comedian Yvonne Orji.

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“The diversity and geographic spread of tonight’s winners demonstrate once again the universal power of excellent storytelling also performances,” said International Academy President and CEO Bruce Paisner. Indeed, this year’s International Emmy Awards ceremony was more representative than any in the award’s decades-long history, with 24 countries represented among the 44 nominees for 11 awards.

The ceremony’s top honor, best TV movie or mini-series, went to “Atlantic Crossing,” a historical drama based on the life of Crown Princess Märtha of Norway.

The series focuses on Märtha’s time in the United States as a war refugee after the Nazi invasion of Norway in 1940 and her interactions with President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Comedy in French In the spotlight, ‘Call my Agent!’ The fourth season of the French series “Call My Agent!” won the best comedy, following the lives of a motley crew of employees who work at a talent agency in Paris.

British talent sweeps ceremony

Hayley Squires, a British actress, and playwright won the best actress for her role as Jolene, a single mother working in the adult entertainment industry, in the Channel 4 drama “Adult Material.” Squires was also nominated for a BAFTA award for her performance in Ken Loach’s 2016 film “I, Daniel Blake.”

Following a dangerous mission

The best drama series award went to Israel’s “Tehran,” which follows an Iranian-born Mossad agent on a mission to disable a nuclear reactor in Tehran. “Hope Frozen: A Quest To Live Twice” won the best documentary, and it was picked up by Netflix, expanding its reach around the world.

It follows the journey of a Thai couple who decides to preserve the body of their deceased three-year-old daughter cryogenically. In 2019, it was named best international feature documentary at Canada’s Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival.

Source: DW News

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