Actor Aziz Ansari’s acclaimed Netflix series, “Master of None,” Vijal Patel’s “black-ish,” and director Leslee Udwin’s “Independent Lens: India’s Daughter” have scored a win at the 75th Annual Peabody Awards.
While “Master of None” and “black-ish” won in the entertainment category, “Independent Lens: India’s Daughter’s” won in the documentary section.
The honorees are part of the overall list of the Peabody 30, the coveted awards that are bestowed by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Peabody Awards applauded Ansari’s comedy saying “by turns profound and mundane, ridiculous and deadly serious, this imaginative, shape-shifting comedy chronicles the misadventures of Dev (series creator Aziz Ansari), a 30-year-old Indian American who’s still trying to figure out what to do with his life. To say it resonates with young-adult viewers is an understatement.”
“black-ish,” by Indian American writer Patel, Peabody judges noted, is “a bright, boisterous, big-hearted comedy about an affluent African-American family working overtime to keep it real. ‘black-ish’ doesn’t let jokes get in the way of insights about race, class, guns and other hot-button topics that most popular entertainment shows scarcely mention.”
“Independent Lens: India’s Daughter,” a documentary about the brutal rape of a medical student in Delhi and the consequent protests across the country, elicited this response from the judges: “The internationally infamous 2012 gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh, a 23-year-old medical student, in Delhi is the impetus for this unflinching, deeply unflattering examination of the misogyny embedded in Indian society.”
The awards will be handed out May 21 at a ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The gala will be televised in a 90-minute special, “The 75th Anniversary Peabody Awards,” airing on Pivot on June 6 (8 p.m. ET/PT).