Nominees include Sea of Shadows, The Silence of Others, The Edge of Democracy and Oscar winners American Factory and Learning to Skateboard In a Warzone... [Full List]
The prestigious Peabody Awards has announced its nominees for broadcast and digital media, a list that includes 20 documentaries.
Among the contenders for the annual honors are American Factory, the Oscar-winning feature documentary directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, and the Oscar-winning documentary short, Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl), directed by Carol Dysinger. Also nominated were several documentaries that earned Oscar nominations this year and last, including For Sama (directed by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts), Petra Costa's The Edge of Democracy and Hale County This Morning, This Evening, directed by RaMell Ross. [Full list below]
Peabody is proud to champion this year’s nominees who inspire our connection, provoke our thinking and delight our senses.
"The nominees were chosen by unanimous vote of 19 jurors," the Peabody Awards noted in a press release, "from nearly 1,300 entries from television, radio/podcasts and the web in entertainment, news, documentary, children’s and public service programming."
Six of the documentary nominees aired as part of the PBS nonfiction series POV: América, Inventing Tomorrow, Midnight Traveler, Roll Red Roll, The Distant Barking of Dogs, and The Silence of Others.
The recognition for Inventing Tomorrow, about young people creating innovative solutions to environmental problems, was the latest honor for director Laura Nix. Earlier this year she earned an Oscar nomination for her documentary short Walk, Run Cha-Cha.
Two documentaries about controversial figures in the entertainment industry were recognized with Peabody Awards nominations: Leaving Neverland, the two-part film by Dan Reed that detailed accusations of pedophilia against the late Michael Jackson, and Surviving R. Kelly, executive produced by Tamra Simmons among others, a six-part series about sexual abuse allegations against the eponymous R&B singer.
Sea of Shadows, an eco-thriller about the endangered vaquita whale directed by Richard Ladkani, also made the list, as did The Silence of Others, directed by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, about the struggle in Spain to confront the legacy of the Franco dictatorship. The Distant Barking of Dogs, by Simon Lereng Wilmont, tells the story of a boy growing up in the shadow of war in Ukraine between government forces and Russian-backed rebels.
Overall, the Peabody Awards nominated 60 projects across multiple categories.
“Peabody is proud to champion this year’s nominees who inspire our connection, provoke our thinking and delight our senses," Peabody's executive director Jeffrey P. Jones said in a statement. "From the communal strength of black women to the eminence of science to the conviction of those who speak up, these stories and their creators celebrate the diversity of human experience and of our democracy. Amidst the challenges of our present moment, we can find empathy, entertainment and truth in these nominees.”
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on Deadline.com, CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and in Documentary magazine.