Hao Wu’s 76 Days, James Lebrecht and Nicole Newnham’s Oscar-nominated Crip Camp and Garrett Bradley’s Time are just a few of the documentaries nominated for the 2021 Peabody Awards.
The nominated titles — chosen from more than 1,300 entries across television, podcasts/radio and the web in entertainment, news, documentary, arts, children’s/youth, public service and multimedia programming — cover a range of issues including COVID-19, voting rights, police violence, immigrant rights and economic justice.
A total of 60 nominees were revealed today (May 4). Of those, PBS and Netflix lead with 12 and nine, respectively, followed by HBO (five), Amazon and Showtime (three each), and Apple TV+ and CBS (two each).
Winners will be named during a virtual ceremony in June. Details about the online event are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
The Peabody Awards are based at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.
Documentary nominees are listed below, with descriptions and credits courtesy of the Peabody Awards. To see a full list of this year’s nominees, visit the Peabody Awards’s website.
76 Days (pictured)
Hao Wu’s documentary captures the struggles of patients and frontline medical professionals battling the COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan.
76 Days LLC / MTV Documentary Films (virtual cinema)
All In: The Fight for Democracy
Examining voter suppression and barriers to voting in the U.S., the film interweaves personal experiences with activism and historical insight to expose a problem that has existed since the country’s founding.
Story Syndicate (Amazon Studios)
American Experience: The Vote
One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote.
A 42nd Parallel Film Production for American Experience (PBS)
A timely and important five-hour film series that casts a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played.
CAAM, WETA, Flash Cuts, LLC., Tajima-Peña Productions, ITVS (PBS)
This comprehensive documentary focuses on the gymnasts who survived USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s abuse and the reporters who exposed USAG’s toxic culture.
A Netflix Original Documentary in association with Impact Partners, Artemis Rising Foundation, Meadow Fund, Dobkin Family Foundation, Chicago Media Project, Grant Me the Wisdom Productions and An Actual Films Production (Netflix)
Atlanta’s Missing & Murdered: The Lost Children
Turning the true crime documentary on its head, this five-part docuseries examines the role of politicians, law enforcement, news media and community leaders who insufficiently deal with the killing of at least 30 African-American children and young adults from 1979-81 in Atlanta.
HBO Documentary Films, Show of Force, Get Lifted Film Company and Roc Nation (HBO)
This documentary follows a crack team of investigators at the Romanian newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor as they try to uncover a vast health-care fraud that enriched moguls and politicians and led to the deaths of innocent citizens.
Alexander Nanau Production, Samsa Film HBO Europe (HBO Europe)
This documentary about a groundbreaking summer camp gives us a history of the disability rights movement and the path toward greater equality.
A Higher Ground and Rusted Spoke Production in association with Little Punk / JustFilms / Ford Foundation for Netflix (Netflix)
A critical look at the history of transgender representation on screen, the film offers heartfelt perspectives from leading trans creatives and thinkers about Hollywood’s impact on the trans community.
Disclosure Film in association with Field of Vision and Bow & Arrow Entertainment for Netflix (Netflix)
With unprecedented access to ICE operations, as well as moving portraits of immigrants, this docuseries takes a deep look at US immigration today.
A Reel Peak Films Production for Netflix (Netflix)
In My Blood It Runs
A film about Dujuan, a ten-year-old Arrernte/Garrwa child healer whose family advocates for him to have a culturally sustaining education that affirms his Arrernte identity, while he also navigates western schooling in Australia.
Closer Productions, American Documentary | POV (PBS)
Independent Lens: Belly of the Beast
An essential story in the fight for reform of the criminal justice system, this film exposes modern-day eugenics and reproductive injustice in California prisons, through intimate accounts from currently and formerly incarcerated people.
Co-production of Belly of the Beast LLC, Idle Wild Films Inc., Black Public Media (BPM) and Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (PBS)
Kingdom of Silence
An in-depth look at Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s life, work, and murder amidst the complexity of U.S.-Saudi Arabia relations. Exclusive interviews explore Khashoggi’s connections as well as his enduring global legacy.
Showtime Documentary Films presents Jigsaw Productions (Showtime)
This film follows political activist Boniface “Softie” Mwangi, a daring political activist who decides to run for political office in Kenya after several years of fighting injustice in his country.
LBx AFRICA, American Documentary | POV, We Are Not The Machine, Eyesteel Film, Doc Society, BBC (PBS)
Amidst air strikes and bombings, a group of female doctors in Ghouta, Syria struggle with systemic sexism while trying to care for the injured using limited resources.
A Danish Documentary Production, in Co-Production with Ma.Ja.De Hecat Studio Paris Madam Films for National Geographic Documentary Films (National Geographic)
The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show
In 1968, entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte took over Johnny Carson’s seat on The Tonight Show for one historic week, honestly confronting a fractured and changing country through legendary guests like Robert Kennedy and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. months before their assassinations.
Big Beach (Peacock)
The Speed Cubers
This documentary captures the extraordinary twists and turns in the journeys of Rubik’s Cube-solving champions Max Park and Feliks Zemdegs.
A Netflix Original Documentary/A Saltwater/Romano Films Production in association with Wieden + Kennedy Studios (Netflix)
In this intimate love story filmed over two decades, matriarch Fox Rich strives to raise her six sons and keep her family together as she fights for her husband’s release from the Louisiana State Penitentiary.
Concordia Studio, GB Feature, LLC and Amazon Studios (Amazon Studios)
Welcome to Chechnya
A group of activists risk their lives fighting for LGBTQ+ rights in Chechnya.
Public Square Films, Ninety Thousand Words, Maylo Films, BBC ‘Storyville’ and HBO Documentary Films (HBO)