The 70th annual Peabody Awards were announced last week. The Peabody’s represent excellence in electronic media for the year 2010.
From the website: “The Peabodys, the oldest awards in broadcasting, are considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes in electronic media. The Peabody Awards recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals.”
Covering Pakistan: War, Flood and Social Issues (NPR) – Islamabad-based correspondent Julie McCarthy goes beyond the headline disasters, making the country vividly individual with reports on topics such as child labor, blasphemy laws and the plight of war widows.
“Degrassi: My Body Is a Cage” (TeenNick), TeenNick/Ncredible productions – True to its history, the durable high-school serial’s two-parter about a transgender teen neither trivializes nor overdramatizes its subject. Co-creator Linda Schuyler.
“12th & Delaware” (HBO), Loki Films for HBO Documentary Films – A street corner in Ft. Pierce, Fla., where an abortion clinic and a pro-life center face each other, embodies the ongoing clash over reproductive rights in this thoughtful, fair documentary. Directed Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
“Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children” (BBC Four), True Vision – Filming undercover with great ingenuity and courage, Xoliswa Sithole and Jezza Newman documented the horrible conditions, especially for the young, in Zimbabwe
“POV: The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” (PBS), American Documentary, POV, ITVS – A fascinating true-life political thriller, Ellsberg’s remembrance of his historic actions is made even more compelling by the inventive presentation. Directed by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith.
“Temple Grandin” (HBO), Ruby Films, Gerson Saines in association with HBO Films – Claire Danes is remarkable as the autistic animal-expert and author, and the biography is further enriched by visual creativity that lets viewer occasionally glimpse the world as Grandin experiences it.
“The Good Wife” (CBS), Scott Free Productions, King Size Productions, CBS Productions – In this densely layered dramatic series, the dutiful wife of a disgraced politician resumes her legal career and finds satisfaction, self-worth and moral quandaries of her own. Created by Michelle King and Robert King.
‘Justified,’ ‘The Good Wife,’ ‘Men of a Certain Age’ honored with Peabody Awards (LA Times)