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International Emmys 2022: “The King’s Affection” Becomes First K-Drama To Win

‘Sex Education,’ Dougray Scott and Lou de Laage Among Winners

50th International Emmys were held in New York on Monday, having 23 countries represented across 15 categories and 60 nominees.

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners during Monday’s ceremony in New York City at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel.

The ceremony was hosted by Penn & Teller’s Penn Jillette.

The main highlight of the evening was South Korean actor Song Joong-ki, who presented the International Emmy Directorate Award to Miky Lee, vice chairwoman of CJ Group.



“The King’s Affection,” became the first-ever K-drama to win at the International Emmys, snagging the award for Best Telenovela category beating “Nos Tempos do Imperador” from Brazil, “Two Lives” from Spain, and “You Are My Hero” from China.

While, Ava DuVernay received the International Emmy Founders Award from Blair Underwood and Benjamin Bratt.

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented Emmys to television creators and performers from eight different countries including the U.K., South Korea, Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand.

Check out the full list of winners along with the nominees below:

Arts Programming

“Bios: Calamaro”
Buena Vista Original Productions (Disney) / Nat Geo

“Charlie Chaplin, Le Génie De La Liberté” [“Charlie Chaplin, The Genius Of Liberty”] France Télévisions / Kuiv Productions

“Freddie Mercury: The Final Act” (WINNER)
Rogan Productions
United Kingdom

“Wonderful World: A New York Jazz Story”

Non-Scripted Entertainment

“La Voz Argentina” [“The Voice”] – Season 3

“LOL: Last One Laughing Germany”
Constantin Entertainment GmbH / Amazon

“Love on the Spectrum” – Season 2 (WINNER)
Northern Pictures / ABC / Netflix

“Top Chef Middle East” – Season 5
United Arab Emirates

Best Performance by an Actress

Celine Buckens in “Showtrial”
World Productions
United Kingdom

Leticia Colin in “Onde Está Meu Coração” [“Where My Heart Is”] Globoplay

Kim Engelbrecht in “Reyka”
tpf london / Quizzical / Serena Cullen Productions / MNET South Africa / Fremantle / Heromotives
South Africa

Lou de Laâge in “Le Bal des Folles” [“The Mad Women’s Ball”] (WINNER)
Légende Films / Amazon


“Búnker” [“Bunker”] HBO Latin America / WarnerMedia Latin America / Dopamine

“Dreaming Whilst Black”
Big Deal Films
United Kingdom

“On The Verge”
The Film TV / Canal+ Creation Originale

“Sex Education” (WINNER)
Netflix / Eleven Film
United Kingdom

Non-English Language U.S. Primetime Program

“2021 Latin American Music Awards”
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises / Somos Productions, LLC
United States

“Buscando A Frida” (WINNER)
Telemundo Global Studios / Argos
United States

“La Suerte De Loli”
Telemundo Global Studios
United States

“Malverde, El Santo Patrón”
Telemundo Global Studios / Equipment and Film Design (EFD)
United States

Sports Documentary

Amazon Studios / Film 45 / Amazon / CobraFilms

“Kiyou No Kata” [“Kiyou’s Kata”] Kansai Television

Federation Entertainment / Echo Studio

“Queen Of Speed” (WINNER)
Sky / Drum Studios
United Kingdom

Kids: Factual & Entertainment

“Ikke Gjor Dette Mot Klimaet!” [“Don’t Do This To The Climate”] NRK

“My Better World” (WINNER)
Fundi Films / Maan Creative / Impact(ed) International
South Africa

“Newsround Special – Let’s Talk About Periods”
United Kingdom

“Sueños Latinoamericanos” [“Latin American Dreams”] Mi Chica Producciones / Consejo Nacional De Television De Chile / Television Nacional De Chile

Kids: Live-Action

“Anonima” [Anonymously Yours] Netflix / Woo Films

“Hardball – Season 2”
Australian Children’s Television Foundation / Northern Pictures

“Kabam!” (WINNER)
NPO / IJswater Films / KRO-NCRV

Oak 3 Films Pte Ltd / Mediacorp TV Singapore Pte Ltd

Kids: Animation

“Dapinty, Una Aventura Musicolor” [“Dapinty, A Musicolor Adventure”] Silverwolf Studios

“Fumetsu No Anata E” [“To Your Eternity”] NHK

“Les Lapins Cretins – Invasion: Mission sur Mars” [“Rabbids Invasion Special – Mission to Mars”] Ubisoft Motion Pictures Rabbids

“Shaun the Sheep: Flight Before Christmas” (WINNER)
Netflix / Aardman
United Kingdom


“Nos Tempos Do Imperador”
TV Globo

“Two Lives”
Bambú Producciones

“YeonMo” [“The King’s Affection”] (WINNER)
KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) / Netflix / Monster Union / Arc Media
South Korea

“You Are My Hero”
Gcoo Entertainment Co. Ltd. / China Huace Film & TV Co., Ltd / Croton Cultural Media Co., Ltd. / BEIJING LE BEN FILM MEDIA / Jindun Film & Television Culture Center of the Ministry of Public Security of China

TV Movie/Mini-Series

“Help” (WINNER)
The Forge / All3Media International
United Kingdom

“Il est elle” [“(S)he”] Newen Connect / And So On Films

“Isabel, La Historia Íntima De La Escritora Isabel Allende” [“Isabel, The Intimate Story Of Isabel Allende”] Megamedia Chile

“On The Job”
Reality MM Studios / Globe Studios / HBO / Warner Media

Short-Form Series

“Espíritu Pionero” [“Pioneer Spirit”] TV Pública Argentina

“Fly on the Wall”
Al Jazeera Digital

“Nissene i bingen” [“Santas in the Hay”] Seefood TV

“Rūrangi” (WINNER)
Autonomouse / The Yellow Affair
New Zealand

Best Performance by an Actor

Sverrir Gudnason in “En Kunglig Affär” [“A Royal Secret”] SVT
Stellanova Film / SVT / Film i Väst / Stockholm Film Fund

Scoot McNairy in “Narcos: Mexico”
Netflix / Gaumont

Dougray Scott in “Irvine Welsh’s Crime” (WINNER)
Cineflix Media Inc. / Buccaneer Media / Off Grid Film & TV
United Kingdom

Lee Sun-Kyun in “Dr. Brain”
Bound Entertainment / Kakao Entertainment / Studioplex / Dark Circle Pictures / Apple
South Korea


“Enfants De Daech, Les Damnés De La Guerre” [“Iraq’s Lost Generation”] (WINNER)
Cinétévé / France Televisions / LCP / RTS / DR / NRK / SVT / Région Ile-de-France / CNC / PROCIREP – ANGOA

“Myanmar Coup: Digital Resistance”

“O Caso Evandro” [“The Evandro Case: A Devilish Plot”] Globoplay / Glaz Entretenimento

“The Return: Life After ISIS”
Sky / Alba Sotorra Productions / MetFilm
United Kingdom

Drama Series

Netflix / Gaumont Television

“Narcos: Mexico”
Netflix / Gaumont

tpf london / Quizzical / Serena Cullen Productions / MNET South Africa / Fremantle / Heromotives
South Africa

“Vigil” (WINNER)
World Productions
United Kingdom



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