‘Uncle Frank,’ ‘It’s a Sin’ Leads Awards at 60th Monte Carlo TV Fest

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Miramax and Amazon melodrama “Uncle Frank,” and HBO Max’s AIDS-themed series “It’s a Sin” dominated awards at the 60th annual Monte-Carlo TV Festival.

Set in the early 1970s in North Carolina, “Uncle Frank” won best film, best creator and best actor for Paul Bettany who stars as a gay man forced to confront the Southern family to whom he’s stayed closeted.

“It’s a Sin,” a British series created by Russell T Davies (“Years After Years”), won best series and best actress for Lydia West. The series was produced by RED Production Company for Channel 4 and HBO Max, in association with All3media International.

Finland’s “Piece of My Heart,” a musical romantic series with Malin Akerman, took home the Jury Special Prize. The News awards were given to “ITV News: Inside the US Capitol” for best news coverage; “The Diagnosis: COVID-19” for best news documentary; “Citoyen Nobel” for best documentary. “Dying to Divorce” won the Special Jury Award in the News category.

Winners were chosen from 27 nominated programs from 14 countries. The Fiction Jury was presided over by Måns Mårlind, the critically acclaimed Swedish creator and showrunner behind “Bron,” “Midnight Sun” and “Shadowplay.” Members of the jury included Joey Starr, the musician-turned-filmmaker and actor, “Das Boot” executive producer Moritz Polter, “Lilyhammer” producer Anders Tangen, French actor Arnaud Ducret and “The Syndicate” creator Kay Mellor.

During the festival, “Emily in Paris” creator Darren Star and French actor Tchéky Karyo (“The Missing”) received Golden and Crystal Nymph Awards, respectively, from the hands of honorary festival president Prince Albert II of Monaco.

“This 60th Monte-Carlo Television Festival has been a successful edition not only because of the remarkable and diverse talent who have joined us from around the world but also in regards of the exceptional circumstances of the health crisis surrounding its organization,” Prince Albert said.

Laurent Puons, CEO of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, said that the event “prides itself on its modern approach and, in this Anniversary year, has truly celebrated the depth and breadth of global television as it continues to adapt and evolve.”

Here is the list of winners of the 60th annual Monte-Carlo TV Festival:


Best Film
Uncle Frank (U.S.)

Best Series
It’s a Sin (UK)

Best Creation
Uncle Frank (U.S.)

Best Actress
Lydia West, It’s a Sin (UK)

Best Actor
Paul Bettany, Uncle Frank (U.S.)

Jury Special Prize
Piece of My Heart (Italy)


Best News Coverage
ITV News: Inside U.S. Capitol (UK)

Best News Documentary
The Diagnosis: COVID-19 (Portugal)

Best Documentary Film
Citoyen Nobel (Switzerland)

Jury Special Prize
Dying to Divorce (UK-Norway-Germany-Turkey)

Now (Germany)

The Baby Stealers (UK)
Yemen: Coronavirus in a War Zone (UK)
Bella da Moirre (Italy)

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