Film & television writer/director J.J. Abrams was hailed at the 41st International Emmy Awards. The executive producer of TV series "Revolution" and co-creator of "Almost Human" was honored with International Emmy Founders Award which was handed out by presenter Zachary Quinto.
"I feel unworthy," the "Star Trek Into Darkness" helmer said when accepting the trophy. "Why would the Academy make this choice?" He then jokingly said that his father threatened now Intl. Emmy President and CEO Bruce L. Paisner when Paisner fell into the sea in Cannes in 1993 because his father "desperately wanted to see his son up here tonight."
In a more series note, he added, "I feel genuinely grateful (for this honor). It's a privilege to work in the television medium." The award was given to an individual who has crossed cultural boundaries to touch audience's common humanity.
Winners at this year's International Emmy Awards span 6 countries, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, South Korea and the United Kingdom, with the U.K. winning three, including Best Arts Programming for "The Great Pretender". The documentary was tied with South Korean music doc "Hello?! Orchestra" for the said title.
British star Sean Bean nabbed an award for Best Performance by an Actor through his role on "Accused". "I've never actually won anything," the former "Game of Thrones" star said. "Thank you. I really am so happy."
Best Performance by an Actress, meanwhile, went to Brazilian star Fernanda Montenegro ("Sweet Mother"). Another special award, the International Emmy Directorate Award, was presented to RTL Group Co-CEO Anke Schaferkordt by world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko.
"The International Emmy Awards is the premiere global platform for the world's best television programming and performances," Academy President Paisner stated. "We congratulate tonight's winners for their outstanding achievements and for inspiring audiences worldwide with their great work."
The winners were announced at a gala held Monday night, November 25 in New York. John Oliver, who recently announced he left his post as Senior British Correspondent on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" to host a new weekly talk show on HBO, served as the host.