This year’s International Emmy Awards celebrated talent from all over the world, including a South African actor who appeared on the red carpet for a nomination. The 46th annual event took place at the Hilton in New York last night.

The hosting comedian Hari Kondabolu, known for the documentary The Problem with Apu, joked that: ‘There are no real losers here because you all made it through immigration’ – according to Variety.

Channel24 reports that South African actor Thuso Mbedu was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress for her role in Is’thunzi (Mzansi Magic) – Germany’s Anna Schudt ended up winning this award. Thuso looked incredible on the red carpet in a dress designed by Kentse Masilo (Project Runner SA winner):

The actress posted on social media that she’s never been happier and had this to say to the African artist:

‘African artist: the world is your oyster. Keep pushing, keep fighting for your passion. I dare you to be the first POC to fetch that award.’

Some of the winning shows included Israel’s Nevsu (comedy), the UK’s Goodbye Aleppo (documentary), Spain’s La Casa de Papel (drama series), Portugal’s Ouro Verde (telenovela) and the UK’s Man in an Orange Shirt (movie/mini-series), among others.


Here’s the full list of winners spanning 10 countries:

Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story (Arts Programming)

Lars Mikkelsen (Best Performance by an Actor)

Anna Schudt (Best Performance by an Actress)

Nevsu (Comedy)

Goodbye Aleppo (Documentary)

La Casa de Papel – Money Heist (Drama Series)

El Vato – Season 2 (Non-English Language US Primetime Programme)

Did You Get the Message? (Non-Scripted Entertainment)

Una Historia Necesaria – The Suspended Mourning (Short-Form Series)

Ouro Verde – The Payback (Telenovela)

Man in an Orange Shirt (TV Movie / Mini-Series).

Congratulations to all the winners! And to Thuso Mbedu, we are particularly proud of you!