By Leah Hochbaum
British television was the big winner at the 34th International Emmy Awards, held at the New York Hilton on Monday, November 20. The Best Performance by an Actor Award went to the U.K.’s Ray Winstone for his performance in Vincent. British programs also took home statues in the Children & Young People, Comedy, Documentary, Drama Series and Non-Scripted Entertainment categories.
Hosted once again by British comedian and talk show host Graham Norton, the star-studded ceremony, which was put on by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, featured Rosie Perez, Roger Bart, Katie Couric and Christiane Amanpour as presenters.
The International Emmy Founders Award was presented to director Steven Spielberg for his outstanding television career. The International Emmy Directorate Award was presented to Central European Media Enterprises and its founder and chairman, Ronald S. Lauder, for pioneering the development of independent television broadcasting in Central and Eastern Europe. The International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award was presented to Moldova’s Teleradio Moldova, for its program Let’s Play by UNICEF ambassador Susan Sarandon.
Read below for a full list of winners:
2006 International Emmy Award Winners
Knowledge is the Beginning
A production of EuroArts Music International in co-production with ZDF/ARTE Germany
Nominees: Anca-Monica Pandelea (Producer, Head of Music Department, ZDF), Paul Smaczny (Producer, Director, EuroArts Music)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR
Granada Drama and Comedy
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
VARA Broadcasting Organisation
CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE
A Shine Production for Channel 4
Nominees: Johnny Capps (Series Producer and Creator, Shine Limited), Katie Baxendale (Writer and Creator)
Nominees: Geoff Posner (Producer, BBC Comedy), Jon Plowman (Executive Producer and Head of BBC Comedy)
Hiroshima A BBC/TFI/ZDF/Discovery Channel co-production in association with the Tokyo Broadcasting System Inc.
Nominees: Matthew Barrett (Executive Producer), Paul Wilmshurst (Producer/Director)
Life on Mars
Kudos Film & TV Ltd. for BBC Wales
Nominees: Matthew Graham (Co-Creator, Writer, Executive Producer), Ashley Pharoah (Co-Creator, Writer)
Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares
An Optomen Television Production for Channel 4
Nominee: Patricia Llewellyn (Executive Producer)
Nuit Noire, October 17, 1961
Nominees: Alain Tasma (Director), Edouard de Vesinne (Producer)