This year the event was streamed live online for the first time ever for all to watch throughout the world. The International Academy presented one Special Award and 12 Emmys across 11 categories, due to a tie in the Non-English Language U.S. Primetime category.
Each year, the leading television producers from around the world showcase their programming and compete to be recognized at the prestigious International Emmy Awards, traditionally held in New York City with over one thousand international broadcasting, production and distribution executives convene to celebrate the best in global television. This year, the 48th International Emmy Awards were streamed live online for the first time ever, November 23, 2020, here on iemmys.tv, for all to watch throughout the world.
The International Academy presented 1 Special Award and 12 Emmys across 11 categories, due to a tie in the Non-English Language U.S. Primetime category. Drama Series "Delhi Crime" garnered the first-ever Emmy for a program from India. 13-year-old Billy Barratt accepted the Emmy for Best Performance by an Actor for his role as Ray in "Responsible Child". He is the youngest actor ever nominated and winning in this category. Glenda Jackson won the Emmy for Best Performance by an Actress for her role as Maud in "Elizabeth is Missing".
The 12 winning International Emmy programs and performances span 7 countries: Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, India, the UK and the US. These are:
- "Vertige de la Chute" (Ressaca) - Arts Programming
- Billy Barratt - Best Performance by an Actor
- Glenda Jackson - Best Performance by an Actress
- "Ninguém Tá Olhando" (Nobody's Looking) - Comedy
- "For Sama" - Documentary
- "Delhi Crime" - Drama Series
- "La Reina del Sur - Season 2" - Non-English Language U.S. Primetime Program
- "20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards" - Non-English Language U.S. Primetime Program
- "Old People's Home For 4 Year Olds" - Non-Scripted Entertainment
- "#martyisdead" - Short-Form Series
- "Órfãos Da Terra (Orphans of a Nation) - Telenovela
- "Responsible Child" - TV Movie/Mini-Series.
Bruce Paisner presented Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York with the 2020 International Emmy Founders Award for his exceptional use of television for Public service during the Covid-19 pandemic. Joining him were fellow New Yorkers Billy Joel, Billy Crystal, Robert De Niro, Rosie Perez, and Ben Stiller, who recorded special congratulatory messages.
The cast of presenters included a mix of New York based and international actors and on-air talent. The New York based cast included: Kelsey Asbille (Fargo, Yellowstone), Paul Blackthorne (Arrow), Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Tim Daly (Madam Secretary), Naturi Naughton (Power), Tom Payne (Prodigal Son, The Walking Dead), Nico Tortorella (Younger, The Walking Dead: The World Beyond) Indira Varma (For Life, Game of Thrones). The international cast included: Haluk Bilginer from Istanbul, Turkey (2019 International Emmy® Winner and star of Ay Yapim's Persona), Caroline Peters from Cologne NRW, Germany (Actress and Writer), Caua Reymond from Rio, Brazil (star of Globo's Iron Island), Miguel Angel Silvestre from Madrid, Spain (HBO's 30 Coins) and Fu Xiaotian from Hong Kong, PR China, (Host of Phoenix's Talk with World Leaders).