International Emmys: Brazil leads with 7 nominations

Brazil leads the race for the International Emmy awards with seven nominations, with Canadian productions scoring three nods.

Canadian cop drama, arts program and telenovela get nods

Actors Jared Keeso and Adrian Holmes appear in the Canadian police drama 19-2, which is one of a trio of Canadian nominees for the 2016 International Emmy Awards. (Jan Thijs/Bell Media/Canadian Press)

​The Montreal-set cop drama 19-2 is among three Canadian productions vying for an International Emmy Award.

The acclaimed Bravo series will compete for best drama against Argentina's La Casa Del Mar,  Germany's Deutschland 83 and the United Arab Emirates' Waiting for Jasmin

Brazil had a leading seven nominations, followed by Britain with six, including best actor for Dustin Hoffman and best actress for Judi Dench.

Both appear in the BBC One TV movie Roald Dahl's Esio Trot, based on Dahl's children's novel about a lonely aging bachelor who tries to woo the widow in the flat below, who is overly fond of her pet tortoise.

Germany had five nominations, including best TV movie/miniseries and best actor (Florian Stetter) for Nackt Unter Wolfen (Naked Among Wolves), an adaptation of the novel by East German author Bruno Apitz about prisoners in the Buchenwald concentration camp who risk their lives to hide a Polish-Jewish boy.

Canada lands three nominations

Canada is also nominated for CBC's Interrupt this Program in the best arts programming category. It faces off against Gabo from Colombia, Gerard Depardieu: grandeur Nature (Gerard Depardieu: out of Frame) from France and NonFictionW—Satsuei-Kantoku Karry-Mimura no Hiroshima (NonFictionW—The Man who Shot Hiroshima) from Japan.

In the best telenovela category, Radio-Canada's 30 Vies is pitted against Bridges of Love from the Philippines, A Regra do Jogo (Rules of the Game) from Brazil and Verdades Secretas (Hidden Truths), also from Brazil.

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said 40 nominees from 15 countries will compete in 10 categories for the International Emmys, which honour excellence in TV programming outside the United States. The awards will be presented Nov. 21 at a gala at the Hilton New York Hotel hosted by Alan Cumming.

Shonda Rhimes set for honorary award

Brazilian nominees include Alexandre Nero (best actor) for A Regra do Jogo (Rules of the Game) and Grazi Massafera (best actress) for Verdades Secretas (Hidden Truths), Zorra (The Mess) in the comedy category and Adotada for non-scripted entertainment.

TV hitmaker Shonda Rhimes, creator of shows like Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, will receive a special honour at the Nov. 21 awards ceremony. (Brian Killian/Getty Images)

The other British nominees are Hoff the Record (comedy), My Son the Jihadi (documentary), Gogglebox (non-scripted entertainment) and Capital (TV movie/miniseries).

Taiwanese actor James Wen was the only other best-actor nominee for Echoes of Time. Other best-actress nominees are Jodi Sta. Maria of the Philippines for Pangako Sa'yo (The Promise) and Germany's Christiane Paul for Unterm Radar (Under the Radar).

Also competing in the comedy category are France's Dix Pour Cent (Call My Agent) and South Africa's Puppet Nation ZA.

Shonda Rhimes, writer, executive producer and creator of hit TV series such as Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, will be presented the honorary International Emmy Founders Award. Maria Rorbye Ronn, CEO and director general of the Danish Broadcasting Corp., will receive the honorary International Emmy Directorate Award.

South Korea also collected three nominations, while Argentina, France and the Philippines had two apiece.

with files from the Canadian Press