‘It’s Okay to Not Be Okay,’ reality show ‘I-Land’ nominated for Int’l Emmy Awards

The 2020 Korean drama “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” and the reality show “I-Land” bagged nominations at the 2021 International Emmy Awards.

A total of 44 nominees in 11 categories from 24 countries were announced on Sept. 23 by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Kim Soo-hyun and Seo Ye-ji in “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” (top) and ENHYPEN’s debut (tvN, BELIFT Lab)

“It’s Okay to Not Be Okay,” which starred Kim Soo-hyun and Seo Ye-ji, is nominated for TV Movie/Mini-series. Other nominees are “Atlantic Crossing” (Norway), “Des” (United Kingdom) and “Todas As Mulheres do Mundo (All the Women in the World)” (Brazil).

“I-Land,” the reality show that brought K-pop boy band ENHYPEN, bagged a nomination for Non-Scripted Entertainment. Other nominees are “Da’s Liefde! ” (Belgium), “¿Quién es la Máscara? – Season 2” (Mexico) and “The Masked Singer” (United Kingdom).

“We are so proud of our Nominees and the record-breaking number of countries,” said International Academy president and CEO Bruce Paisner. “To those who feared the pandemic would slow TV production around the world, this is your answer.”

This year’s nominees came from Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, France, India, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

All nominated program trailers and exclusive nominee interviews will be featured online during the International Emmy World Television Festival from Nov. 12 to 22 on the International Academy’s website www.iemmys.tv.

Winners will be announced in a ceremony to be held on Nov. 22 in New York City.

Here are the nominees for the 2021 International Emmy Awards:

Arts Programming

Emicida – Amarelo: E Tudo Para Ontem - (Brazil)

Kubrick By Kubrick (France)

Nakamura-ya family 2020 Mattemashita! Kankuro Shichinosuke Shiren to Kassai no Makuake SP (Japan)

Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words (United Kingdom)

Best Performance By An Actor

Roy Nik in Normali (Israel)

Nawazuddin Siddique in Serious Men (India)

Christian Tappán in El Robo del Siglo (The Great Heist) - (Colombia)

David Tennant in Des (United Kingdom)

Best Performance By An Actress

Valeria Betucelli in El Cuaderno de Tomy (Argentina)

Ane Garabain in Patria (Spain)

Menna Shalaby in Every Week Has a Friday (Egypt)

Haley Squires in Adult Material (United Kingdom)


Call my Agent – Season 4 (France)

Motherland: Christmas Special (United Kingdom)

Promesas de Campaña - (Colombia)

Vir Das: For India (India)


Cercados (Brazil)

Hope Frozen: A Quest To Live Twice (Thailand)

They Call Me Babu (Netherlands)

Toxic Beauty (Canada)

Drama Series

Aarya (India)

Ell Presidente (Chile)

Tehran (Israel)

There She Goes – Season 2 (United Kingdom)

Non-English Language U.S. Primetime Program

21st Annual Latin Grammy Awards (United States of America)

A Tiny Audience (United States of America)

Covid 19 Adaptarnos O Morir (United States of America)

Premio Lo Nuestro 2020 (United States of America)

Non-Scripted Entertainment

Da’s Liefde! (Belgium)

I-Land (South Korea)

¿Quién es la Máscara? – Season 2 (Mexico)

The Masked Singer (United Kingdom)

Short-Form Series

Beirut 6:07 (Lebanon)

Diário de Um Confinado (Brazil)

Gente Hablando – Season 2 (Spain)

INSiDE (New Zealand)


Amor de Mãe (Brazil)

Quer o Destino (Portugal)

The Song Of Glory (PR China)

Wo De Nv Xia Luo Ming Yi (Singapore)

TV Movie / Mini-Series

Atlantic Crossing (Norway)

Des (United Kingdom)

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (South Korea)

Todas As Mulheres do Mundo (All the Women in the World) - (Brazil)