A study in contrasts: Less than two weeks ago, New York’s Hilton played host to Donald Trump’s victory party. On Monday night, the International Emmy Awards held their 44th annual gala, honoring the likes of “Deutschland 83,” Dustin Hoffman, and Shonda Rhimes.
The strangeness wasn’t lost on International Emmy Awards host Alan Cumming.
“This is a moment of utter luminescence,” Cumming said at the beginning of the ceremony. “But oh, how quickly darkness and despair can fall. I feel it is my moral obligation to inform you: This hall was the venue for one of the darkest, most destructive moments in our history.”
Cumming went on eloquently, and sometimes wryly, about the assembled artists “kicking the foul spirits” out of the venue simply by coming on stage to accept their awards. He likened the President-elect to a tumor.
“Tonight is about extinguishing bad energy and bigotry,” Cumming said. “There are no losers here, only winners-adjacent.”
Germany’s “Deutschland 83,” recently renewed for a second season by SundanceTV and Amazon, took home the trophy for best drama. The U.K.’s “Hoff the Record” scored best comedy. Telemundo’s “Francisco, El Jesuita” won for U.S. non-English program.
Dustin Hoffman snagged the best actor award for playing Mr. Hoppy in the BBC’s “Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot,” an adaptation of the Dahl novel. Hoffman was not on hand accept his award.
“Scandal” star Tony Goldwyn introduced prolific writer-producer Rhimes, recipient of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Founders Award.
“The world needs Shonda Rhimes now more than ever,” he said. “With our political dialogue sadly focused on what divides us, she is a reminder of Maya Angelou’s phrase, ‘We are more alike than unalike, my friends.’ “
Rhimes also addressed the political climate in the wake of Trump’s win in her remarks.
“It’s times like this I’m reminded how big a reach television has. It’s the most powerful form of communication in the world,” she said. “A lot of people are scared here. They’re afraid their voices will no longer be heard, or that they will be silenced. Three hundred million viewers in 57 countries. My pen has power. I’m thinking about that.”
Here is the complete list of winners:
The Man Who Shot Hiroshima
WOWOW Inc. / Kmax Co.,Ltd.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR
Dustin Hoffman in Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot
Endor Productions Ltd / Red Arrow International / The Weinstein Company
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
Christiane Paul in Unterm Radar (Under the Radar)
Enigma film / Westdeutscher Rundfunk / ARD Degeto
Allt För Sverige (The Great Swedish Adventure)
Meter Television / SVT – Sveriges Television
NON-ENGLISH U.S. PRIMETIME
Francisco, El Jesuita (Francis, The Jesuit)
Anima Films / The History Channel Latin America / Telemundo / Claro Video / DirecTV
United States of America
Hoff the Record
Me & You Productions
Verdades Secretas (Hidden Truths)
Krieg der Lügen (War of Lies)
Kudos / BBC One