It’s sort of hard to believe, but “Veep” finally won a Peabody Award today. The critically acclaimed HBO series won for its fifth season as The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors announced seven winners in the entertainment category for the 76th Peabody Awards. The bigger news, however, is that the Peabody Awards really like Louis C.K. Seriously, they really like him.
The other winners besides “Veep” this year included Donald Glover‘s “Atlanta” (expected), Louis C.K.‘s “Horace And Pete” (the second Peabody win for Louis C.K.), FX‘s “Better Things” (produced by Louis C.K., so his third win), BBC One and Netflix‘s “Happy Valley” (unexpected pt. 1), Channel 4 and Hulu‘s “National Treasure” (unexpected pt. 2) and, most surprising, Beyoncé‘s “Lemonade,” which aired on HBO. The latter appears to be the first time a program of music-video-inspired films has been honored by the organization.
Potential winners bypassed this year include “The Crown,” “Insecure,” “Stranger Things,” “Fleabag,” “This Is Us,” “American Crime,” “Broad City” and “The Night Of.” Obviously, a majority of those shows can be recognized down the road for other seasons.
The jury provided the following justifications for each of their selections.
FX Productions (FX Networks)
Donald Glover’s enchanting series on the struggles of two young black men trying to make it in Atlanta’s rap scene blends vibrant character study and rich socio-political commentary in delivering a detailed and textured exploration of a Southern city.
FX Productions (FX Networks)
Co-created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K., the result of this searingly funny and beautiful show is an at-times raw examination of the vicissitudes of working motherhood, crackling with feminist verve and energy, that consistently cuts new ground.
BBC One (BBC One, Netflix)
A fresh take on the British crime drama that deals boldly and unflinchingly with the darkest human behavior while keeping its heart and even a tart sense of humor. Series creator Sally Wainwright has given us perhaps the greatest female lead on television today in Catherine Cawood, played by Sarah Lancashire in a stunning performance.
“Horace and Pete”
Pig Newton, Inc. (louisck.net, Hulu)
A true original that melds contemporary politics and serialized storytelling with a throwback approach, “Horace and Pete” is a truly independent and groundbreaking demonstration of how quality television is expertly done in the new media environment, all the while building upon decades of artistry and craft.
HBO Entertainment in association with Parkwood Entertainment (HBO)
“Lemonade” draws from the prolific literary, musical, cinematic, and aesthetic sensibilities of black cultural producers to create a rich tapestry of poetic innovation. The audacity of its reach and fierceness of its vision challenges our cultural imagination, while crafting a stunning and sublime masterpiece about the lives of women of color and the bonds of friendship seldom seen or heard in American popular culture.
The Forge (Channel 4, Hulu)
A dark and timely examination of sexual abuse at the hands of privileged celebrity, “National Treasure” is an engrossing series that explores the loyalty of family and friends during crisis, the impact of sexual abuse on victims, and the legal system itself. As in real life, there’s no neat ending in this dramatic rendering of one man’s choices and the collateral damage he creates.
HBO Entertainment (HBO)
A rare show blessed with a perfectly cast ensemble, including the comedic genius of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, VEEP is a workplace comedy that not only captures the zeitgeist of the current bizarre political moment but transcends its own form to deliver a sobering message, with sharp dialogue, street savvy — and lots of laughs.
Winners in the documentary category including “O.J.: Made In America,” “Audrie & Daisy,” Ava DuVernay‘s “13th,” and the Oscar-nominated New York Times-produced short “4.1 Miles” and “Zero Days,” among others, were announced earlier this week. The organization has also already revealed legendary TV producer Norman Lear will be honored with an individual award.
The organization will announce winners in News, Radio/Podcast, Children’s, Education, and Public Service categories on April 25.
The winners will be celebrated during a ceremony on Saturday, May 20th in New York hosted by Rashida Jones.