Atlantic Crossing was the big winner at the 2021 International Emmy Awards, winning the prize for best TV movie or mini-series.
A historical drama set during World War II, Atlantic Crossing tells the story of the Crown Princess of Norway fleeing to America to escape the Nazi invasion of her country and her interactions with U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt. Starring Sofia Helin as Norwegian Crown Princess Märtha and Kyle MacLachlan as Roosevelt, the series aired on NRK in Norway and Masterpiece Theatre on PBS.
The night’s other big prize, best drama series, went to Kan 11 and Apple’s Israeli spy thriller Tehran while season four of French show Call My Agent! took the International Emmy for best comedy.
In the acting categories, it was a clean sweep for British actors with Hayley Squires winning best actress for her performance in the Channel 4 porn industry drama Adult Material and David Tennant winning best actor for his haunting turn as serial killer Dennis Nielsen in ITV’s Des.
The International Emmy winners were announced at a live ceremony in New York on Monday. Insecure actress Yvonne Orji hosted the event with presenters including Vanessa Williams, Aidan Quinn, Brian d’Arcy James, Method Man, Piper Perabo, Emeraude Toubia, Wilson Cruz, Felipe Santana and Angélica.
NBA star Dirk Nowitzki presented this year’s International Emmy Directorate Award, a lifetime achievement honor, to Thomas Bellut, director-general of German public broadcaster ZDF.
This year’s International Emmys were the most cosmopolitan in the event’s 49-year history, with a record 24 countries represented across the 44 nominees. In all, the 11 winning International Emmy programs and performances span 8 countries.
With 2021 coming to an end, it’s time for you to take a seat back and enjoy your favourite celebrities gather under one roof, dressed in their best attires, as the awards season kicks off. While BTS went on to create history at this year’s American Music Awards by winning the Artist Of The Year Award along with other accolades on Sunday night, the AMAs was followed by the 49th International Emmys, which was held at the Casa Cipriani in New York on last night. While Israeli thriller drama ‘Tehran’ won the award for Best Drama Series, french show ‘Call My Agent’ bagged the prestigious award in the Best Comedy Show category.
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However, India failed to register a win this year, but Vir Das, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sushmita Sen’s series Aarya’s nomination did make us all proud. Despite his loss, comedian Vir Das took to social media, penning a thank you note, along with a picture of the medal and citation he received at the 49th International Emmys. He wrote, “I was nominated for best comedy at the International Emmy Awards, for jokes. Call My Agent, a gigantic beautiful show I love won. But I got this medal, and ate this fantastic salad with a very interesting crispy cheese topping.” Furthermore, the ‘Go Goa Gone’ actor even added, “It was an honour to represent my country. Thanks so much to the International Emmys For India. It’s always for India.
The UK boasts both top acting honors David Tennant for crime thriller Des and Hayley Squires for porn drama Adult Material — as well as winning the Non-Scripted Entertainment prize for The Masked Singer.
Norway’s Atlantic Crossing went home with the Emmy for TV Movie/Miniseries, and Thailand’s Hope Frozen: A Quest to Live Twice won for Documentary. It was the country’s first International Emmy.