The Television Critics Association has unveiled its 2021 award winners.
The 37th annual event honored programs and performances from the 2020-21 TV season. Highlighting the non-fiction side of the awards, FX/FX On Hulu’s Framing Britney Spears won outstanding achievement in news and information. Meanwhile, Showtime’s Couples Therapy and Netflix’s Deaf U split honors for outstanding achievement in reality programming.
Framing Britney Spears director and producer Samantha Stark said that the positive reception to the documentary has been a sign of encouragement for viewers to keep moving forward through adversity.
“This shows the power of what can happen when you take a step back, give people who have been dismissed the benefit of the doubt and reframe a narrative that was repeated so many times people assumed it was true,” Stark said.
Nyle DiMarco accepted the TCA award for Deaf U, a series he executive produced. DiMarco called the series a historic moment for the deaf community, as it not only showcased deaf people as not being a monolithic group, but also boasted a 50% deaf crew. The combination of deaf talent on screen and behind the camera is rare, DiMarco said, adding he’s optimistic the series will be a symbol for change and inclusion in the future.
The other major award winners for scripted titles included Ted Lasso, The Crown, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver and Mare of Easttown.
TCA award winners are selected by more than 200 professional TV critics and journalists from around the U.S. and Canada.