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The 50th International Emmy Awards Kicked Off With These Korean Star Sightings

Check out the Hallyu celebrities who graced the International Emmys 2022 gala

Presented by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the International Emmy Awards 2022 took place at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel in New York City, USA on November 21, 2022. Hosted by Penn & Teller’s Penn Jillette, the annual film awards held its 50th edition to recognize excellence in television and honor talents of the highest caliber. Entertainment luminaries and executives gathered to grace the gala and witness the awarding of the winning programs and performances on the small screen.



“Television around the world has really come of age,” said International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences President and Chief Executive Officer Bruce Paisner in his speech. “What is especially gratifying on this 50th anniversary is seeing the number of countries globally which produce world-class television programs and personalities, and win Emmys,” he continues. During the ceremony, two exceptional titles—the Directorate Award and the Founders Award—and 15 Emmy statues were awarded to the selection.


This year’s titleholders are the following:

1. Freddie Mercury: The Final Act (Arts Programming);

2. Dougray Scott (Best Performance by an Actor);

3. Lou de Laâge (Best Performance by an Actress);

4. Sex Education: Season 3 (Comedy);

5. Enfants de Daech, les damnés de la guerre [Iraq’s Lost Generation] (Documentary);

6. Vigil (Drama Series);

7. Shaun the Sheep: Flight Before Christmas (Kids: Animation);

8. My Better World (Kids: Factual & Entertainment);

9. KABAM! (Kids: Live Action);

10. Queen of Speed (Sports Documentary);

11. Buscando A Frida (Non-English Language US Primetime Program);

12. Love on the Spectrum: Season 2 (Non-Scripted Entertainment);

13. Rūrangi (Short-Form Series);

14. Yeonmo [The King’s Affection] (Telenovela);

15. Help (TV Movie/Mini-Series).


Famous South Korean actor Song Joong-Ki, whom Filipina actress Dimples Romana (a juror-turned-Emmy Academy member) have crossed paths with in the ceremony, also presented the Directorate Award to Parasite producer Miky Lee, who is currently the vice chairman of Korean media giant CJ Group. Moreover, pioneering filmmaker and producer Ava DuVernay received this year’s Founders Award from American actors Blair Underwood and Benjamin Bratt, who took the responsibility of handing in the award to the honoree.



Some celebrity sightings at the official opening ceremony and red carpet of the 2022 International Emmys include Hallyu’s icons Rain, Lee Sun-Gyun, and Im Siwan. On the other hand, while Korean actress Park Eun-Bin and actor Rowoon was not in attendance, KBS’ Yeonmo, also known abroad as The King’s Affection, is heralded as Best Telenovela. The said South Korean series is the first ever K-drama to have fetched an award from the highly-acclaimed International Emmys.



The 50th International Emmy Awards Kicked Off With These Korean Star Sightings
Song Joong Ki | @iemmys
The 50th International Emmy Awards Kicked Off With These Korean Star Sightings
Im Siwan and Rain | @iemmys
The 50th International Emmy Awards Kicked Off With These Korean Star Sightings
Lee Sun Gyun | @iemmys


Check out our very own Dimples Romana's experience meeting Song Joong-ki:


Lead photos from @iemmys


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