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Monday, December 11, 2017
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Kenneth Branagh, Anna Friel Win Best Acting Honors At International Emmy Awards
Kenneth Branagh poses backstage in the awards room with his International Emmy for Best Performance by an Actor for his role as detective Kurt Wallander in “Wallander,” on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 (photo by Eduardo Munoz/PSG)
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The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced and honored the winners of the 45th International Emmy® Awards this evening (11/20) at a black-tie gala event attended by 1,000 television professionals from around the world and hosted by comedian Maz Jobrani at the New York Hilton.
 
The Directorate Award and 11 Emmy statues were presented by the International Academy during the evening.  Norwegian detective series Mammon II won topped the Best Drama category while the U.K.’s Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle and EXODUS: Our Journey to Europe won, respectively, as Best Comedy and Best Documentary.

Kenneth Branagh accepted the Emmy for Best Performance by an Actor for his role as detective Kurt Wallander in Wallander. Anna Friel accepted the Emmy for Best Performance by an Actress for her role as Detective Sergeant Marcella Backland in Marcella.

Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav, presented the International Emmy Directorate Award to Emilio Azcárraga Jean, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Grupo Televisa, the world’s largest Spanish-language content provider and Mexico’s largest broadcaster and pay television provider.
 
The 11 winning International Emmy programs and performances span 8 countries: Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Norway, Turkey, The UK and the US. They are in addition to Mammon II, Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle, EXODUS: Our Journey to Europe, Branagh and Friel: Hip-Hop Evolution (Arts Programming), Sr. Ávila (Non-English Language US Primetime Program), Sorry Voor Alles (Non-Scripted Entertainment), The Braun Family (Short-Form Series); Kara Sevda (Telenovela), and Don’t Leave Me (TV Movie/Mini-Series). 
 
“Television is a universal art form that transcends cultures, languages and borders- as demonstrated by tonight’s winners,” said International Academy president and CEO Bruce L. Paisner. “In these contentious time--when television programming is constantly under attack, the Academy is proud to recognize excellence from around the world.”

Here’s a rundown of 2017 International Emmy® Awards Winners 

Arts Programming
Hip-Hop Evolution
Banger Films
Canada
 
Best Performance by an Actor
Kenneth Branagh in Wallander
Left Bank Pictures / Yellow Bird / BBC / TKBC
United Kingdom
 
Best Performance by an Actress
Anna Friel in Marcella
Buccaneer Media / Netflix 
United Kingdom

Comedy
Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle
Baby Cow Productions
United Kingdom
 
Documentary
EXODUS: Our Journey to Europe
KEO films / BBC 2
United Kingdom
 
Drama Series
Mammon II
NRK Drama / SVT / DR / YLE FEM / Nordvision Fund
Norway
 
Non-English U.S. Primetime Program
Sr. Ávila
HBO Latin America / Lemon Films
United States of America
 
Non-Scripted Entertainment
Sorry Voor Alles
(Sorry About That)
Warner Bros International Television Production België
Belgium
 
Short-Form Series
The Braun Family
Polyphon, Berlin
Germany
 
Telenovela
Kara Sevda 
(Endless Love)
Ay Yapim
Turkey
 
TV Movie/Mini-Series
Don’t Leave Me
Scarlett Production / France Télévisions
France

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