The best of television awarded in Antalya

The best of television awarded in Antalya

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The best of television awarded in Antalya

(L to R) Halit Ergenç, Meryem Uzerli and Burak Özçivit, the stars of ‘Muhteşem Yüzyıl,’ pose in the red carpet in the 3rd Antalya Television Awards ceremony. DHA photo

The 3rd Antalya Television Awards, jointly organized by the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality and the Antalya Foundation for Culture and Arts (AKSAV), were presented on April 21 in a ceremony at the Mardan Palace Hotel.

A special film was prepared for the ceremony to commemorate famous screenwriter Meral Okay, who died of cancer April 9, and some of those in attendance were seen crying while watching the film. Okay was also posthumously awarded the Best Screenwriter Award.

Speaking at the ceremony, Antalya Mayor Mustafa Akaydın said Turkish television has made its name heard in the international arena. “We are proud of this. We applaud all of the artists and technical teams behind [Turkish television],” he said.

Famous television and radio host Orhan Boran, who received the Radio Honorary Award, could not attend the ceremony due to health problems. In a speech given via teleconference, Boran said he had received many awards in his 60-year professional life, but that this award has a very special value. “It showed me that I have not been forgotten, although I have been out of sight for 10 years. It boosted my morale.”

The Honorary Award went to Umur Bugay, the producer of one of the longest-running TV series in Turkish television history, “Bizimkiler,” while the Jury’s Special Prizes went to actor Tarık Ünlüoğlu and the sports program “Bay Tahmin.” Singer and director Mahsun Kırmızıgül was awarded with the Social Responsibility Award.
The Best Drama Actress Award went to Ayça Bingöl for her role in “Öyle Bir Geçer Zamanki” (As Time Goes By) and the Best Drama Actor Award went to Erdal Beşikçioğlu for his role in “Behzat Ç.: Bir Ankara Polisiyesi” (Behzat Ç.: An Ankara Crime Series). “Öyle Bir Geçer Zamanki” also won awards for best supporting actor in a drama series, the best supporting actress in a drama, and best musical score.
The sitcom “Yalan Dünya” (World of Lies) won five awards in the comedy category, for best comedy series, best actor in a comedy, best supporting actress and actor in a comedy, and best comedy director.
One of the Turkish series that has become most popular abroad, “Muhteşem Yüzyıl” (A Magnificent Century), won awards in four categories including best director of photography for a series, best art director for a series, best dramatic script and best period drama.