Thursday, August 31, 2006

Emmy wins for Brits

British shows won a clutch of awards at the Emmy's earlier this week. The Girl In The Café, written and directed by Guild member Richard Curtis, won three awards including for best made-for-TV movie, while Elizabeth I won nine. Helen Mirren, who won an Emmy for her role as the Virgin Queen, praised the writers behind the winning shows, as The Guardian reported.
"Without the writing we can't do it, especially us women," said Mirren as she collected her award at the ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

"Every one of these great performances by these great actresses in this category were revealed to us by some wonderful writing.

"Women are 50% of the world's population, maybe more. And I know there are many more brilliant performances by women of all ages and all races waiting to be revealed by some great writing, so let's look forward to that."
Elizabeth I, written by...?

Unfortunately, as a letter to The Guardian from Leslie Megahey pointed out, there was one thing they forgot.
Your report on the nine Emmies awarded to the Channel 4 drama Elizabeth I (August 29) is headlined "Great writing is key to success, says Mirren". You go on to quote accolades from Mirren and her co-star Jeremy Irons - "great writing", "wonderful writing" and "without the writing we can't do it". It is a shame you didn't actually manage to mention the screenwriter's name - it is Nigel Williams.

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