A study in contrasts: Less than two weeks ago, New York’s Hilton played host to Donald Trump’s victory party. On Monday night, November 21 the International Emmy Awards held their 44th annual gala, honoring the likes of “Deutschland 83”, Dustin Hoffman, and Shonda Rhimes, Variety reports.
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 UK’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.”