Turkish actor Haluk Bilginer wins International Emmy Award for best performance

Published 26.11.2019 08:29
Updated 26.11.2019 18:22
Actor Haluk Bilginer poses with his award for best performance by an actor for his role in ?ahsiyet (Persona) at the 47th International Emmy Awards in New York City, U.S., Nov. 25, 2019. (Reuters Photo)
Actor Haluk Bilginer poses with his award for best performance by an actor for his role in "?ahsiyet" ("Persona") at the 47th International Emmy Awards in New York City, U.S., Nov. 25, 2019. (Reuters Photo)

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 47th International Emmy Awards at a gala held on Nov. 25. Two special awards and 11 Emmy statues were handed to their owners.

Somali-American philanthropist, author and former model Iman presented the International Emmy Directorate Award to Christiane Amanpour, chief international anchor for CNN and host of PBS' nightly global affairs show Amanpour. Actor Conleth Hill, known worldwide for his role as Lord Varys in "Game of Thrones," presented the International Emmy Founders Award to Game of Thrones creators and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

Nominees for the Emmy for Arts Programming were "Dance or Die," "John and Yoko: Above Us Only Sky," "Michel Legrand, Sans Demi-Mesure" ("Michel Legrand, Let the Music Play") and "Opera Aberta – Os Pescadores de Perolas." The Emmy went to "Dance or Die."

The best comedy nominees were "Especial de Natal Porta dos Fundos" ("The Last Hangover"), "FAM!," ""Kupa Rashit" ("Checkout!") and "Workin' Moms-Season 2." The winner was "Especial de Natal Porta dos Fundos."

The nominees for the International Emmy Award for Best Documentary were "A Primeira Pedra" ("The First Stone – The Rise of Lynching in Brazil"), "Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World," "Louis Theroux's Altered States" and "Witness: India's Forbidden Love." "Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World" won the Emmy.

The International Emmy Award for Best Drama Series went to "McMafia." It was up against "1 Contra Todo," "Bad Banks" and "Sacred Games."

The Emmy for Non-English U.S. Primetime Program was given to "Falco" while the Emmy for Non-Scripted Entertainment went to "The Real Full Monty: Ladies Night." "Hack The City" took the Emmy for Short-Form Series; "La Reina del Flow" received the Emmy for "Telenovela." The International Emmy Award for TV Movie / Mini-Series was granted to "Safe Harbour."

Marina Gera, Radhika Apte, Jenna Coleman and Marjorie Estiano were nominated for the Emmy for Best Performance by an Actress. Marina Gera accepted the Emmy for her role as Iren in "Örök Tél" ("Eternal Winter").

For the Emmy for Best Performance by an Actor, Haluk Bilginer, Christopher Eccleston, Raphael Logam and Jannis Niewöhner were nominated. Turkish actor Bilginer won in that category, accepting the Emmy for his role as Agah in "Şahsiyet" ("Persona").

Bilginer is an artist who has also worked in the U.K. in addition to his acting career in Turkey.

In 1977, he went to London to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Between 1980 and 1993, he performed in many plays such as "My Fair Lady," "Macbeth," "Pal Joey," "Belami" and "Phantom of the Opera" at the British Theater. He also acted in TV drama series including "EastEnders," "Glory Boys," "Murder of a Moderate Man," "Bergerac," "Memories of Midnight," and "The Bill."

In 1987, Bilginer returned to Istanbul and acted in more than 28 Turkish films. He also has performed leading roles in 14 theater plays. The talented actor received various awards for his roles in different productions to date. After receiving the award, the 65-year-old actor told Anadolu Agency (AA) on Monday: "I am very happy that this award went to Turkey more than myself. It is very pleasing that the work we do with love and admiration is appreciated by others on an international platform and crowned with an award."

In the miniseries "Şahsiyet," Bilginer plays a man diagnosed with Alzheimer's who is cursed to eventually lose all his memories. His character, however, turns the ailment into an opportunity in which he can execute guilty people without any fear of suffering pangs of conscience. The 12-episode series won acclaim from viewers in Turkey and abroad and is rated 9.1 out of 10 on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).

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