Hao Wu and Weixi Chen’s COVID-19 documentary 76 Days and the Vice News special Losing Ground (Showtime) were two of the non-fiction titles to pick up Peabody Awards today (June 22).
Winners for the 81st annual awards are being announced throughout the week. Previously announced winners include the five-part series Asian Americans and Garrett Bradley’s feature doc Time.
Earning a nod in the documentary category, 76 Days – acquired by MTV Documentary Films in October — documents the beginning of the pandemic in the lockdown period of Wuhan, China, where the first cases of the novel coronavirus were reported. Using a direct camera technique across four hospitals, the film (pictured) captures frontline workers and the sick and dying while eschewing the story of politics, government action and statistics.
In the news category, Peabody recognized three programs.
From PBS strand ‘Frontline,’ the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Columbia Journalism Investigations and USA Today Network, Whose Vote Counts presents a breakdown of the way racial inequities, COVID-19 and voter suppression became interlinked crises in 2020. The special features the team at ‘Frontline’ and writer Jelani Cobb as they probe and investigate the question of the piece’s title.
Losing Ground, meanwhile, sees Vice News correspondent Alzo Slade explore how a little-known type of property ownership — “heirs property” — leaves African Americans especially vulnerable to losing their property to developers through arcane and ethically questionable legal mechanisms.
Finally, from Fuse Films for ITV strand ‘Exposure,’ Muslim in Trump’s America chronicles the dangerous climate created around Muslims and other groups targeted during Trump’s presidency.
Director Deeyah Khan investigates the connection between rising hate crimes and state-sponsored racism with stories of those at the center of the storm.
The Washington Post podcast episode Post Reports: The Life of George Floyd, offering an expansive view of George Floyd’s life, received an award in the Podcast/Radio category.