The 39 winners of the 2010 George Foster Peabody Award – the highest amount ever given - were revealed today by the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The Peabody Awards, the oldest in broadcasting, spotlight the top productions and personalities in electronic media. The winners were announced at the University of Georgia via live webcast.
The non-categorical awards explore every genre of multimedia. The winning productions focused on topics ranging from Sherlock Holmes to migrant workers in China, and everything in between. The honor is an example of defining excellence “on its own terms,” says Horace Newcomb, director of the Peabody awards. “A documentary can be judged alongside a dramatic production because they set out to do different things and achieve their goals.”
Winners included the TV drama,”The Good Wife,” the western-themed, “Justifed,” and HBO movie “Temple Grandin,” and art–focused pieces “LennonNYC,” which explored John Lennon’s time in the city, and the tribute “Elia Kazan: A Letter to Elia,” directed by Martin Scorsese.
More documentary honors included Spike Lee’s “If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise,” which chronicled how the city of New Orleans is healing in the now five – year aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and The Washington Post website report “The Cost of War: Traumatic Brain Injury; Coming Home a Different Person,” which explored how brain injuries suffered in combat were being treated.
Even historical preservation got a nod -- C-Span’s Video Library website, that holds every program the channel has aired since 1987, was tapped for an honor, along with CNN’s “Coverage of the Gulf Oil Spill.”
The ceremony will be held May 23 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, and is to be hosted by Larry King.