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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” and Netflix lead nominees for Critics Choice Real TV Awards

Rupaul’s Drag Race, Queer Eye and Top Chef are among the top nominees in the third annual Critics Choice Real TV Award nominations. The Critics Choice Association and U.S. headquartered non-fiction ...
June 2, 2021

Rupaul’s Drag Race, Queer Eye and Top Chef are among the top nominees in the third annual Critics Choice Real TV Award nominations.

The Critics Choice Association and U.S. headquartered non-fiction producers’ organization NPACT unveiled the full list of nominees on Wednesday (June 2). The awards recognize non-fiction, unscripted and reality programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.

VH1′s RuPaul’s Drag Race led all shows with five nominations. Close behind were Queer Eye, Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy, Taste of the Nation with Padma Lakshmi and Top Chef, which each earned three nominations.

For networks/buyers, Netflix racked up the most nominations with 22, while HBO/HBO Max was second with 14.

“As the number of platforms continues to grow, the quality of unscripted television programming has skyrocketed, and we are thrilled to be able to recognize so much great work, especially at the end of a year when this content was needed more than ever,” said Critics Choice Association CEO Joey Berlin in a statement.

The winners will be announced on June 21. Winners in the Male and Female Star of the Year categories will be chosen by fan voting at criticschoice.com

Alex Trebek will also be recognized at the awards with a posthumous Impact Award, recognizing his career excellence and its impact on the non-fiction world. The longtime Jeopardy! host died last year after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Trebek hosted more than 8,000 episodes of Jeopardy!, and has won a Peabody and an Emmy Award, as well as a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Bob Bain and Joey Berlin will serve as executive producers for the Critics Choice Real TV Awards, with Michelle Van Kempen also executive producing for NPACT.

A full list of the nominees can be found on the Critics Choice Association’s website.

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