Its official, British TV shows are rocking the world. The recent Emmy Awards prove that Hollywood adore its British imports with the success of awards for some great TV shows and dramas. An Emmy award is an American Television Production award which is considered the equivalent to the film Academy Awards and the music Grammy Awards.
The Emmy Awards recognizes excellence within various sectors of TV. The awards are administrated by three organizations: The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences which is for primetime TV, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences which focuses on daytime, sports, news and documentary shows and finally the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Which is international.
Many British television actors, writers and directors were celebrating their success at this prestigious award ceremony. Downton Abbey which returned last night with the first part of the second series, took four awards in total. It won best miniseries, best director, and best actress for Maggie Smith. Maggie was not there to pick up the award herself but several cast members were there including her co-stars Elizabeth McGovern, who plays the Countess of Grantham, and Michelle Dockery who plays Lady Mary Crawley. The show also won prizes for the writing by Julian Fellowes. Fellowes said: 'This is really a David and Goliath story, except in this case Goliath was wonderful, some wonderful shows that we were up against, and it looks perfectly exceptional that we've won.' He also added: 'None of us know what's going to be a hit, we make these shows, we hope for the best, but we do not know why sometimes it comes right and this evening is such a marvellous moment in all our lives Because this evening it came right. ' The period drama has been a critical success on the US network PBS.
Further Downton Abbeys popularity was highlighted when ITV's online player crashed due to high demand from internet viewers. Unfortunately thousands of viewers were left disappointed as the player only managed to show three adverts on loop instead of the popular program.
The Emmy Awards which was held at Nokia Theater LA on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California also saw Kate Winslet win her first Emmy award for playing Mildred Pierce in the Great Depression. The talented actress who was dressed in a glamorous red gown gave an emotional expectation speech and dedicated the award to her mother saying "It does not matter how old you are or what you do in your life, you never stop needing your mum and I Will never stop needing mine, so thanks mum, thank you so much, "
There was a little bit of disappointment for some British actors and actresses as Hugh Laurie lost out wining an award to Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights. Also sadly Scottish stars Kelly MacDonald, of Boardwalk Empire, and Alan Cumming, of The Good Wife, also went away empty-handed.
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Source by Carolyn Clayton