On Thursday evening, the nominations for the International Emmy Awards 2021 were announced by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. There are a total of 44 nominees across 11 categories and spanning a record number of 24 countries. Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, comedian Vir Das, and Ram Madhavani's Disney+ Hotstar release series, Aarya also bagged nominations. The winners of the International Emmys will be announced on November 22 in New York.
The Sacred Games star Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been nominated for the Best Performance by an Actor for his Netflix release Serious Men. British actor David Tennant (Des), Roy Nik of Israel (Normali), and Christian Tappan of Colombia (El Robo del Siglo or The Great Heist) are also competing for the prestigious award. Helmed by Sudhir Mishra, Serious Men is based on the 2010 novel with the same title by Manu Joseph.
The film depicts the journey of an ambitious underachiever who decides to capitalize on his son's fame as a boy-genius to improve his family's fortune. The film was widely appreciated for its sharp commentary on caste discrimination and class privilege through its lead character, Ayyan Mani (essayed by Nawaz).
Actor and comedian Vir Das has been nominated for his Netflix comedy show, Vir Das: For India in the comedy segment. Hit French show Call My Agent, Britain’s Motherland: Christmas Special, and Colombian series Promesas de Campana are also in the race with Das. Das took to his social media handles and celebrated the moment. He dropped a screengrab of the nominations and wrote, "Umm...I think I just got nominated for the #internationalemmyawards uh... . but I'm just so happy it's for a show about my culture, my people and how funny we are. The special was my love letter to India and this is just unbelievable[sic]."
Ram Madhavani's Aarya has been nominated for the Best Drama Series category. Chile's El Presidente, Israel's Tehran, and British show There She Goes are also nominated for the category. Aarya is an official Hindi adaptation of the hit Dutch crime drama Penoza. It stars Sushmita Sen in the lead role.
Sen, who is evidently excited, took to her Instagram and wrote, "OMGGGGGG!!!! AARYA is nominated for Best Drama Series at the #InternationalEmmyAwards2021 @iemmys Was busy dubbing for AARYA2…just got the news!!!! Yipppeeeeeee!!!! CONGRATULATIONS @madhvaniram @amitamadhvani @officialrmfilms @sandeipm @vinraw @disneyplushotstar @endemolshineind #teamaaryaa & THE MOST AMAZING CAST & CREW EVER!!!! To see INDIA on this list fills my heart!!![sic].”
The Main Hoon Na star added, "Thank you wonderful people….your love & appreciation for #Aarya is the very soul of this celebration!!! This Team truly deserves it!! Congratulations to @nawazuddin._siddiqui and @virdas for their respective nominations & for adding to India’s pride!! I love you guys!!! #duggadugga[sic]."
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