International Emmy Awards 2019: No awards for India, Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer McMafia wins best Drama Series
The Indian contingent at the International Emmys shared moments from the ceremony on Tuesday morning, saying they are ‘honoured’ and it all felt ‘unreal’. It was a no win for India despite multiple nominations this year including Netflix anthology Lust Stories (Best TV Movie/Mini-Series) (Best Actress for Radhika Apte), Netflix show Sacred Games (Best Drama Series), The Remix (Best Non-Scripted Entertainment) and Witness: India’s Forbidden Love (Best Documentary). Radhika was also part of Sacred Games, snagging her a second nomination.
Lust Stories lost out to the Australian thriller series Safe Harbour in the Best TV Movie category. In the Best Drama series, McMafia trumped Sacred Games. Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who represented Sacred Games, had a reason to celebrate as McMafia stars him as an Indian businessman Dilly Mahmood.
In the Best Actress category, where Radhika Apte was nominated, the winner was Hungarian actress Marina Gera for Orok Tel. Radhika joked about it earlier in the evening, “I think I am not winning, it’s too stressful otherwise. So, I’ll just cheer.” Talking about the film she has been nominated for, the actor said, “It’s an honour, it’s such a huge and big award and it’s really exciting that I have been selected from so many countries with such good content. So, I am very happy, very grateful.”
Reality show The Remix was up for Best Non-Scripted Entertainment in which The Real Full Monty: Ladies’ Night emerged victorious. In the Best Documentary category, Witness: India’s Forbidden Love lost out to Bellingcat - Truth In A Post-Truth World.
However, the Indian celebrities who represented the Netflix film Lust Stories and the entire team of Sacred Games, made sure they had their moment at the event.
Radhika Apte shared a few group pictures on Instagram and wrote, “All of us, lust stories and sacred games! @iemmys @netflix_in photographed by @jasonkimphoto.”
The team of Lust Stories graced the red carpet with all the four directors of the series, Zoya Akhtar, Karan, Anurag and Dibakar Banerjee marking their presence. Ronnie Screwala production is based on modern relationships from the viewpoint of Indian women.
Filmmaker Karan Johar shared a picture of himself and Anurag Kashyap posing with Game of Thrones producers David Benioff and D B Weiss on Twitter. He shared it with the caption, “Honoured to have met the #GOT #GameofThrones prolific producers! David Benoif and D. B Weiss At the @iemmys.”
While Karan sported an embellished black blazer over a plain white shirt, the showrunner duo behind HBO’s globally acclaimed record-breaking series appeared in black tuxedos. Anurag, on the other hand, kept it simple in a black sherwani.
An excited Kubbra Sait, who played Kukoo in Sacred Games, retweeted a picture from the red carpet as she posed with the entire team, and wrote, “This in itself is UNREAL”
David Benioff and DB Weiss of Game of Thrones were honoured with the 2019 International Emmy Founders Award.
Produced by Matchbox Pictures, Safe Harbour, which narrates the disturbing story of a friends group who takes a trip to Indonesia from Brisbane has also defeated nominees from Brazil and Hungary, reported Variety.
The award for the best performance by an actor has been won by Haluk Bilginer of Turkey’s Sahsiyet (Persona). The International Emmy for Telenovela went to La Reina Del Flow (The Queen Of Flow) whereas the best documentary award went to Bellingcat – Truth In A Post-Truth World. The International Emmy for Comedy went to Especial De Natal (The Last Hangover) and Hack the City won in the Short-Form Series.
The star-studded event was hosted by Daily Show correspondent and Crazy Rich Asians co-star Ronny Chieng at the New York Hilton Hotel in Manhattan.
Nominations for the ceremony were announced earlier in September and welcomed entries in 11 categories from 21 countries including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, the Netherlands, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the USA.
(With HT inputs)
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