Thirty-nine nominees from 15 nations will compete in 10 categories for International Emmys, which will be bestowed Nov. 22 at a ceremony in New York City hosted by actor Jason Priestley.
"The Street" is among double nominees announced today — a BBC production about working-class folks living along a road in northwest England. It's up for best drama series (which it won in 2007) as well as lead actor for Bob Hoskins' performance as a pub owner who stands up to a local mob bully. "The Street" won BAFTA Awards as best drama in 2007 and 2008.
Also contending for best drama and lead actor at the International Emmys is Argentine crime drama "Epitafios" starring Leonardo Sbaraglia as an assassin who copies famous gruesome murders. The series debuted in 2005 as HBO Latin America's first original production and has been a hit ever since.
As usual, British shows led with the most nominations (nine), including a lead actress bid for Helena Bonham Carter as Enid Blyton, a British author of best-selling adventure and fantasy stories for children who live a troubled life.
Brazilian programs reaped five nominations, including a lead actress nom for Lilial Cabral as an ex-fashion model enduring a painful divorce in "Seize the Day."
See the full list of nominees here.
At the ceremony, "American Idol," "X Factor" and "Britain's Got Talent" star Simon Cowell will receive the honorary International Emmy Founders Award and "Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels will reap the honorary International Emmy Directorate Award.
Photos: Helena Bonham Carter in "Enid" (Carnival Film & TV), Bob Hoskins in "The Street" (ITV Studios.