TV festival honors 'Modern Family'
“Mad Men” was named top drama series at the Monte Carlo Television Festival on Friday, while “Modern Family” took the prize for comedy skein.Among thesping honors, “Mad Men’s” Jon Hamm took actor in a drama series, and “30 Rock’s” Tracy Morgan took actor in a comedy series. Kudos for drama series actress went to Sidse Babett Knudsen, who plays a political leader in Denmark’s “Government,” and comedy series actress went to Annette Frier for Germany’s “Danni Lowinski,” in which she plays an unconventional lawyer. The miniseries award was won by Italy’s “The Queens of Swing,” a 1930s-set drama about a singing trio of Jewish sisters. The three actresses, Andrea Osvart, Elise Schaap and Lotte Verbeek, shared the actress prize for a miniseries. Actor in a mini went to Edgar Ramirez for French drama “Carlos,” about the infamous terrorist. TV movie went to Japan’s “A School Behind Bars,” about a prison school, with Ken Watanabe winning the actor prize for the pic.The telepic helming honor was taken by Christian Faure for “Mademoiselle Drot,” which follows the relationship in 1930s Paris between a disgraced aristocratic woman, who is forced to take a job as a governess, and the Jewish woman who employs her, with Louise Monot taking the actress prize for the former role. News docu kudos was shared by France’s “Tunisia: Revolution on the March,” and Japan’s “Laugh it Away and Say Goodbye.” The news story prize went to “Battle for Zawiya” from the U.K.’s Sky News, while best program on a 24-hour news service went to “Mubarak Steps Down,” also from Sky News. The Special Prize of Prince Rainier III went to France’s “Tipping Point,” a docu about ocean acidification.