Annual International Emmys took place in New York City last night

Nigel Lythgoe honored at International EmmysBy Tucker Harrington

The 39th annual International Emmy Awards Gala took place at the New York City's Hilton Hotel last night. The International Academy awards 10 Emmys and two special awards to those who produced television series outside of the U.S., according to Reuters.

The big winners of the night were from the UK series "Accused," which was named Best Drama, and Best Actor went to the show's Christopher Eccleston.

According to The Associated Press, the ceremony started with a surprise appearance by Lady Gaga. She presented Britain's Nigel Lythgoe, the executive producer of "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance," with the International Emmy Founders Award.

Gaga explained that Lythgoe is her favorite producer as he has helped her appear on countless TV performances early on in her career.

"He has always helped to nurture and foster my ideas, no matter how crazy or demographic-unfriendly they may have been," Gaga said during the presentation."He always spoke poetically about the pursuit of widening the boundaries of love and acceptance in TV."