Peabody journalism awards recognize Scorsese, Spike Lee and CNN

The annual Peabody Awards were announced March 31, with a record 39 winners for the best in electronic media in 2010, including journalism in television, radio, webcasts, and documentaries that cover social issues, the arts, news, and entertainment.

The prestigious recognition, the oldest in broadcasting, is given by the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, which celebrates its 70th year.

This year's honorees in the arts included American Masters documentaries, LennonNYC, a documentary about John Lennon's life and work in his adopted home city, and Elia Kazan: A Letter to Elia, an homage to the theatrical and film director by Martin Scorsese.

Also, an award went to the film William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible about the South African artist's work.

CNN was recognized for its comprehensive coverage of the Gulf Oil Spill from the economic to environmental and political impact.

The US government channel C-Span's new Video Library - a free, searchable website uploaded with decades worth of public-affairs programming, was hailed for its contribution to history and scholarship.

Documentary honorees included Peabody-winner Spike Lee's survey of New Orleans' recovery five years after Hurricane Katrina and Burma VJ for chronicling the heroism of video journalists covering events with hidden cameras.

International recipients included "Report on a New Generation of Migrant Workers" in China by Hong Kong's Phoenix InfoNews Channel, about challenges in leaving rural life for urban work, and Zimbabwe's "Forgotten Children," BBC Four's presentation of Xoliswa Sithole's secretly filmed documentary about abysmal living conditions for children.

In entertainment, the hit TV programs that won included the Emmy and Golden Globe winner The Good Wife, a legal/political drama starring Julianna Margulies ( E.R.) and Chris Noth ( Sex and the City), and modern-day Western Justified with Timothy Olyphant ( Live Free or Die Hard).

Another critics' favorite, Men of a Certain Age, about middle-aged life, was praised as "comical, poignant and harrowing, sometimes all at once," as The Wrap reported.

Emmy winners HBO's The Pacific, produced by Tom Hanks, and Temple Grandin starring Claire Danes and Julia Ormond, about the austisic animal activist, were also chosen.

"We challenge media makers and distributors to reach higher, try harder and be ever mindful of their central role in public life," said Horace Newcomb, director of the Peabody Awards. The 16-member board consists of television critics, industry practitioners and experts in culture and the arts.

The ceremony will follow on May 23 in New York City with television interviewer Larry King hosting the 70th annual event.

http://www.peabody.uga.edu

RC

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