- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - France is having a big night at the International Emmys with a leading three awards, led by the hit crime thriller “Engrenages” (“Spiral”) which won for best drama series.

The highlight of Monday night’s awards ceremony at the Hilton New York came when “Downton Abbey” creator and writer Julian Fellowes was presented the honorary International Emmy Founders Award by the British period show’s star Elizabeth McGovern and executive producer Gareth Neame. The show’s final season is now airing in Britain.

The best actor award went to Maarten Heijmans of the Netherlands for “Ramses,” while Norway’s Anneke von der Lippe won the best actress Emmy for “Eyewitness.”

Brazil picked up two Emmys, with “Doce de Mae” (“Sweet Mother”) starring veteran actress Fernanda Montenegro chosen the best comedy.

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