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Britannia still rules International Emmys

October 14, 2008 |  1:17 pm

The International Emmys may seem to be living up to its name with the announcement Monday that 16 countries are competing for the 36th edition of these kudos. However, the bias in favor of Old Blighty continues with the U.K. scoring eight of the 40 nominations in 10 categories. Brazil follows with five, then Argentina and Japan with four each, and China and Denmark with three apiece. Jordan and Peru compete for the first-time with one nod each.


At last year's festivities, the Brits took home seven of the nine awards, losing actress and not contending for children's programming. No surprise there as English language TV has always dominated this supposedly international competition. And that tradition lives on despite the efforts of the academy to take the judging to regions beyond the Anglo-American sphere into South America and Asia.

This year, the only categories in which the English aren't competing are non-scripted entertainment and the new one — telenovela. The awards will be handed out on Nov. 24 in Gotham with "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf feted with the Founders Award.

For the full list of nominees - CLICK HERE