Netflix led the way with six victories in the 2021 Critics Choice Real TV Awards, the results of which were announced today (June 21).
The third annual Real TV Awards celebrate excellence in nonfiction, unscripted and reality TV across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. Three ties highlighted the winner’s pool with RuPaul’s Drag Race(VH1) and The Great British Baking Show (Netflix) both winning in the Best Competition Series category, The Masked Singer (Fox) and The Voice (NBC) both winning Best Competition Series: Talent/Variety, and Divers, Drive-Ins and Dives (Food Network) and The Oprah Conversation (Apple TV+) winning Best Structured Series.
RuPaul’s Drag Race was the only series to win multiple awards, as it also took home Best Ensemble Cast In An Unscripted Series.
The winners were announced by the Critics Choice Association and the non-fiction producers’ organization NPACT.
In the fan-voted categories, Phil Rosenthal of Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix) won Male Star of the Year, and Sandra Lee from Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC) was named Female Star of the Year.
Former Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek was also recognized posthumously with this year’s Impact Award, which recognizes an outstanding individual for career excellence and the positive impact they have made on non-fiction content. Trebek was awarded for being one of TV’s most respected and beloved figures.
Netflix’s other victories on the night included Deaf U winning Best Unstructured Series, Life in Color with David Attenborough winning Best Animal/Nature Show and Love on the Spectrum winning Best Relationship Show.
Other notable winners include, Frontline (PBS) winning Best Ongoing Documentary Series, 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything (Apple TV+) winning Best Limited Documentary Series and I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO) winning Best Crime/Justice Show.
A full list of winners can be found on the Critics Choice Association’s website.