Hagai Levi, the Israeli creator of the Hebrew-language drama “BeTipul” and the producer of its US counterpart, “In Treatment,” won a Golden Globe for best television drama on January 11 for his latest series, “The Affair.”
Lead actress Ruth Wilson also won a Golden Globe for her performance in “The Affair,” while actor Dominic West received a nomination for best lead actor, but did not win.
“The Affair,” which airs on Showtime, shows the effect that an extramarital relationship has on the two marriages involved, jumping back and forth between the past and the present.
Critics have praised the show since its debut for its compelling parallel narrative structure, powerful writing, and skilled acting.
In an interview with Army Radio on January 12, Levi said that his initial response to the announcement was “mostly surprise.”
“It was the last thing we expected,” he said. “We were all shocked.”
Levi created “The Affair” with producer and writer Sarah Treem, with whom he also worked on his first international hit, HBO’s “In Treatment.”
Levi lives in Tel Aviv and manages Channel 2’s drama department.
Levi adopted a practical tone on the award, saying, “It makes it possible to do the projects that you really love.”
The Israeli film “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” which was directed by Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz, was nominated for a Best International Film award at the Golden Globes, but lost to the Russian film “Leviathan.”