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Monte Carlo TV festival: 54th Annual Golden Nymph Awards

It was the annual Monte Carlo TV Festival this past week and the festival ended with an awards ceremony- the 54th annual Golden Nymph Awards. 

The festival was created in 1961 by Prince Rainier III of Monaco, because he "wished to encourage a new art form, in the service of peace and understanding between men." 

Of course the project, like the Cannes Film Festival, generated worldwide interest and over the years, with many distinguished celebrities have sat on the successive juries, bringing international recognition to the best of television programming.

To go hand in hand with the awards, the Golden Nymph Awards were created. This is where all the 'best' TV shows are awarded. Shows with the highest number of viewers around the world, are also awarded. 

Top of the Lake swept the boards, winning all three awards in the Miniseries category

Here are this year's winners

TV Film

Best television film: Take Good Care of Him (Germany)
Best actor in a television film: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Blank (Austria)
Best actress in a television film: Julia Koschitz, Take Good Care of Him (Germany)

Best miniseries: Top of the Lake (UK/Australia)
Best actor in a miniseries: Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake (UK/Australia)
Best actress in a miniseries: Peter Mullan, Top of the Lake (UK/Australia)

Best international comedy series: Lilyhammer (Norway)
Best European comedy series: Episodes (UK)
Best actor in a comedy series: Steven Van Zandt, Lilyhammer (Norway)
Best actress in a comedy series: Julie Bowen, Modern Family (USA)

Best international drama series: Hostages (Israel)
Best European drama series: The Bridge (Sweden)
Best actor in a drama series: Ayelet Zurer, Hostages (Israel)
Best actress in a drama series: Kim Bodnia, The Bridge (Sweden)

New and Actuality
Best news documentary: Correspondent 'Identity and Exile', Al Jazeera English (Qatar)
Best current affairs documentary: Twin Sisters, Moment Film (Norway)
Best TV news story: Central African Republic 'Victims of Rape', Sky News (UK)
Best 24-hour news program: Ukraine Unrest: 'Shooting In Independence Square', CNN (USA)

Special Awards
International TV audience award for drama: NCIS (USA)
International TV audience award for comedy: Modern Family (USA)
International TV audience award for telenovela: The Bold & The Beautiful (USA)
Prince Rainier III Special Prize: Deadly Depths (Germany)
Monaco Red Cross Prize: Battlefield Tokyo (Japan)

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