Bri­tain leads In­ter­na­tional Emmy nom­i­na­tions with 7 nods

The China Post - - ARTS - BY CHARLES J. GANS

Bri­tain gar­nered a lead­ing seven In­ter­na­tional Emmy nom­i­na­tions Mon­day, led by Sheri­dan Smith who re­ceived a best ac­tress nod for her role in “Cilla.”

Smith, who also has a BAFTA nom­i­na­tion for the same role, starred in the ITV minis­eries about the rise to star­dom of pop singer and TV per­son­al­ity Cilla Black, who was closely as­so­ci­ated with the Bea­tles.

The nom­i­na­tion was par­tic­u­larly poignant be­cause Black died on Aug. 1 af­ter a fall in her Span­ish villa. At the time, Smith tweeted that she was “ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated” over the death of “a true leg­end” and con­sid­ered it “a priv­i­lege to play her.”

Smith was pre­vi­ously nom­i­nated for an In­ter­na­tional Emmy in 2013 for her role in “Mrs. Biggs,” about the wife of Great Train Rob­ber Ron­nie Biggs.

Bri­tain’s Rafe Spall, who played John Han­cock in the History Chan- nel minis­eries “Sons of Lib­erty” and ap­peared in the Os­car-win­ning film “Life of Pi,” was nom­i­nated for best ac­tor for his role op­po­site Jon Hamm in the techno-thriller “White Christ­mas,” the hol­i­day spe­cial of the Chan­nel 4 an­thol­ogy se­ries “Black Mir­ror.”

Brazil’s five nom­i­nees in­clude two shows that re­ceived dou­ble nom­i­na­tions. “Doce de Mae” (“Sweet Mother”), about a fam­ily ma­tri­arch who con­fronts is­sues of ag­ing while dis­pens­ing wis­dom to her chil­dren and grand­chil­dren, is up for best com­edy. Its vet­eran star, Fer­nanda Mon­tene­gro, who won the In­ter­na­tional Emmy for the same role in 2013, is among this year’s best ac­tress nom­i­nees.

The Brazil­ian se­ries “Psi” (“Psy”), de­pict­ing the ad­ven­tures of an un­con­ven­tional psy­chother­a­pist, was nom­i­nated for best drama and ac­tor (Emilio de Mello).

Nor­way’s An­neke von der Lippe was the only other best ac­tress nom­i­nee for “Oye­vitne” (“Eye­wit­ness”). The other best ac­tor nom­i­na­tions went to Tur­key’s En­gin Akyurek for “Kara Para Ask” (“Black Money Love”) and the Nether­lands’ Maarten Hei­j­mans for “Ram­ses.”

The In­ter­na­tional Academy of Tele­vi­sion Arts & Sciences an­nounced that 40 nom­i­nees from 19 coun­tries will be com­pet­ing in 10 cat­e­gories for In­ter­na­tional Em­mys, es­tab­lished to honor ex­cel­lence in TV pro­gram­ming out­side the U.S. The awards will be pre­sented Nov. 23 at a gala at the Hil­ton New York Ho­tel, hosted by Egyp­tian satirist Bassem Youssef, dubbed “the Jon Stewart of the Arab world.”

France had four nom­i­na­tions, fol­lowed by South Africa with three, while Colom­bia, Ja­pan and Ar­gentina had two apiece.

The other Bri­tish nom­i­nees are: “Mes­siah at the Foundling Hos­pi­tal” (Arts Pro­gram­ming), “Grow­ing Up Down’s” (Doc­u­men­tary), “My Mad Fat Di­ary” (Drama Se­ries), “50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy” ( NonScripted En­ter­tain­ment) and “Com­mon” (TV Movie/Mini-Se­ries).

Also com­pet­ing for best drama se­ries are France’s “En­grenages” (“Spi­ral”) and Ja­pan’s “MOZU Sea­son 1 — Night Cry of the MOZU.” The other com­edy se­ries nom­i­nees in­clude France’s “Fais Pas Ci, Fais Pas Ca” (“Don’t Do This, Don’t Do That”), Colom­bia’s “Fa­milia en Venta,” South Africa’s “Pup­pet Na­tion ZA,” and Canada’s “Sen­si­tive Skin.”

“Down­ton Abbey” writer and cre­ator Ju­lian Fel­lowes will be pre­sented the honorary In­ter­na­tional Emmy Founders Award at the awards cer­e­mony. Richard Ple­pler, chair­man and CEO of HBO, will re­ceive the honorary In­ter­na­tional Emmy Di­rec­torate Award.

Last week, the in­ter­na­tional academy an­nounced its nom­i­nees for the In­ter­na­tional Emmy Kids Awards for chil­dren’s pro­gram­ming, which will be pre­sented on April 5 at MIPTV in Cannes, France.

A to­tal of 24 nom­i­nees from 13 coun­tries will be com­pet­ing in six cat­e­gories, led by the UK, Ja­pan and the Nether­lands with four nom­i­na­tions apiece.

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