International Emmys honor Lear, Alda, South American shows

Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:12am EST
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By Chris Michaud

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Television legend Norman Lear and veteran actor Alan Alda received special honors at the International Emmy Awards on Monday, while programming from South America dominated the competition, with Argentina and Brazil each winning two Emmys.

Lear, best known as creator of the ground-breaking 1970s hit comedy "All in the Family," which premiered during a time of social upheaval and tackled issues such as race and women's rights, said "the world will, and needs to, come together through the arts" as he accepted the honor.

The producer and writer received a special 40th anniversary Founders Award from the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, as did Alda, star of the long-running Korean-war set comedy, M*A*S*H* about doctors on the front lines.

Alda paid tribute to "the men and women in the hospital tents," referring to real-life medical personnel who struggle to treat war injured, who he noted usually go unmentioned at award shows.

"Glee" creator Ryan Murphy received the annual International Founders Award, which was presented by Oscar-winner Jessica Lange, a star of his current series "American Horror Story."

Argentina won both acting categories, with honors going to actress Cristina Banegas for the dramatic series "Television x La Inclusion," in which she plays the mother of an ailing child waging battle with health insurers; while Dario Grandinetti picked up the best actor award for his performance as a racist taxi driver in the same series.

It marked the first time both honors were won by actors from the same program.

Brazil scored wins for comedy series for "The Invisible Woman," while "The Illusionist" was named outstanding telenovela.   Continued...

Producer Norman Lear (L) and actor Alan Alda pose with their 40th Anniversary Special Founders Award at the International Emmy Awards in New York November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri