It’s true that Americans tend to dominate the circle of Emmy Award winners, as the show is intended to honor the best in American television. But occasionally a show such as The Borgias comes along, which is shot outside of America and uses a largely foreign crew. The producers made the right choice in bringing the Canadian-Irish-Hungarian produced Borgia mini-series shoot to Hungary, because not only did they come away with a critically acclaimed show, local costume designer – Gábor Homonnay – won a Creative Arts Emmy Award for his role in providing the elaborate costumes worn by 16th century Italian noblemen and women, not to mention Pope Alexander VI. Homonnay has also worked on the upcoming film 47 Ronin, and 2009-released film The Nutcracker 3D, both shot in Hungary.
The Borgias was shot mostly at the Korda Studios in the town of Etyek, just outside of Budapest. Homonnay had up to 70 people working on the costumes, and praised his entire team in his acceptance speech. It is worth pointing out that Hungary’s special effects technician Gábor Kiszelly, hairdresser Judit Halász and art director Judit Varga were also among nominees for an award. That makes for a lot of local talent.
Emmys aside, The Borgia’s brought some serious and much-justified buzz to Hungary, with an article on one of the world’s most visited news/entertainment sites, Buzzfeed. In the article, Irish executive producer James Flynn explains: “Hungary had the ‘hot look’ the show needed for the mostly Italy-based story” and goes on to explain that “with a few exceptions, the whole crew speaks English.” The show, starring Jeremy Irons, ran a total of four seasons on US cable network Showtime.
Congratulations to Hommany and all the other Hungarian Emmy nominees. Take that, Game of Thrones.
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