The International Emmy Awards just got announced. We saw a list of nominations, including some Indian names, and an official premiere date of November 23, 2020. Held at the Hilton Hotel in New York every year, the International Emmy Awards are awarded to recognise the best television programs initially produced and aired outside the United States. How different are they from the original Emmys? Do Indian Web series stand a chance to win in any of the categories? Read on for details.
International Emmy Awards. How are they different?
Firstly, it is imperative to understand that there is a sort of trio of companies that manage the Emmy award ceremonies. These are the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (IATAS).
They handle all of the several Emmy awards. Trust us, there are a lot. You have the Primetime Emmys, Daytime Emmys, Sports Emmys, News and Documentary Emmys, Engineering Emmys, Regional Emmys, International Emmys, Student awards, Highest achievement Emmys, and more.
But the most important ones are obviously, Primetime Emmys to felicitate great work on TV in the US, and International Emmys for those outside the US.
US is usually known for its prowess in producing TV content, something that it has maintained for decades. But a lot of great content from South America, Europe, India, and Southeast Asia is given it tough competition.
Indian Web series at International Emmy Awards
2019 was the first year we saw Indian TV shows getting nominated for the IEmmys. Sacred Games was nominated in the Best Drama category, while others like Lust Stories filled up 4 other nomination categories.
This year, we are seeing Arjun Mathur from Made in Heaven nominated in Best Performance by an Actor category, Delhi Crime nominated for Best Drama, and Four More Shots Please nominated for Best Comedy.
As for the chances of winning, last year India came back without adding to the tally. But just the fact that Indian shows are finally getting nominated for the International Emmys that have been running for 40 years, is a big achievement.
That said, we think Delhi Crime has the best chance at winning the top prize. Firstly, it is one of the top rated shows in India. Secondly, it focuses on a topic that had worldwide coverage. These are the brownie points that might help it bag the prize.
As for Arjun Mathur, he is pitted against Billy Barratt in Responsible Child, Guido Caprino in 1994, and Raphael Logam in Impure - Season 2. So it will be tough but he is sure to put in a good fight.
With 8 nominations in two years, the future seems positive for the Indian TV industry as more streaming platforms create quality Web series.
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