This year’s International Emmy Awards saw stars like Radhika Apte, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Anurag Kashyap and Kubbra Sait walk the red carpet. More deets below! By Shrimayee Thakur
The International Emmy Awards cause a flurry of excitement across the world every year, but this year was all the more exciting for India because three projects – Sacred Games, Lust Stories, and The Remix were nominated as well. Actress Radhika Apte also received a Best Actress nomination for her role in Lust Stories.
Here is a list of Indian nominees, and their categories:
- Best Actress – Radhika Apte (Lust Stories)
- Best TV movie/miniseries – Lust Stories
- Best drama series – Sacred Games
- Best non-scripted entertainment – The Remix
- Best Documentary – Witness: India’s Forbidden Love
The 2019 International Emmy Awards were hosted at the Hilton Midtown Manhattan Hotel in New York on Monday, with 11 categories in total. International Emmys are different from the main Emmys, as the main Emmys award shows are produced in USA. The Emmy Awards were established in 1949, while the International Emmys were established in 1973, and have a much wider range of categories. The International Emmys, unlike the Emmys, take into consideration shows produced in a calendar year (January 1 – December 31).
One such show taking into account this year was Sacred Games. Sacred Games is a Netflix thriller show based on Vikram Chandra’s novel of the same name. Starring Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in lead roles, it delves deep into a corrupt underworld. The show has two seasons and fans are eagerly waiting to see if there will be a third.
Lust Stories and The Remix are also both Netflix shows, with the former examining relationships from the viewpoint of Indian women, and the latter being a reality show where contestants are asked to remix popular Bollywood songs.
Witness: India’s Forbidden Love, another winner this year, is a documentary by Al Jazeera, that follows the survivor of honour killing — a term given to murders committed by communities to maintain caste hierarchy — and her quest to find legal justice for the death of her husband.
While none of the Indian nominees were able to bag an award, the attendees flooded social media with pictures of themselves enjoying the occasion to the fullest.
Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s British crime drama show McMafia won an award for Best Drama Series, and the actor expressed his joy on Instagram in a picture with director James Watkins and producer Dixie Linder.
Karan Johar (Lust Stories) and Anurag Kashyap (Lust Stories, and Sacred Games) posted a picture with David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, the directors of the global phenomenon Game of Thrones, who were the recipients of the Founders Award.
Actress Radhika Apte posted a picture on her Insta handle with all the Indian attendees for the International Emmys.
Radhika Apte and Kubbra Sait posted pictures of their glamourous outfits for the awards, with the former wearing a lazercut Iris van Herpen dress.
Kubbra Sait, who plays a transgender woman named Cuckoo in Sacred Games, wore a grey embellished body-con gown designed by Gaurav Gupta.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui opted for a simple, gentlemanly look with a white shirt, black suit and bow tie.
Below is the list for all the Emmy winners:
- Best Drama Series: McMafia (UK)
- Best Comedy Series: Especial De Natal Porta Dos Fundos (The Last Hangover) (Brazil)
- Best Actress: Marina Gera for Orok Tel (Eternal Winter) (Hungary)
- Best Actor: Haluk Bilginer, Sahsiyet (Persona) (Turkey)
- Best TV Movie/Mini-Series: Safe Harbour (Australia)
- Best Short-Form Series: Hack The City (Brazil)
- Best Non-English Language US Primetime Program: Falco
- Best Telenovela: La Reina Del Flow (The Queen Of Flow)
- Best Documentary: Bellingcat – Truth In A Post-Truth World (Netherlands)
- Best Arts Programming: Dance Or Die (Netherlands)
- Best Non-Scripted Entertainment: The Real Full Monty: Ladies’ Night (UK)