Friday, 8 May 2009

Avatar: The Last Airbender and Lost win Peabodies

The Peabody Award is regarded as the most prestigious American award for television shows to be nominated for. In 2007 Battlestar Galactica won an award for its mixing of space opera with raising relevant political discussions and ideals.

Producer Damon Lindelof was informed of the award on 1 April and thought someone was playing a prank on him for several hours before realising it was the real deal.

This year SF got a bit of a double whammy. Lost won an award recognising its merits:

"Breezily mixing metaphysics, quantum physics, romance and cliffhanger action, the genre-bending series about a group of air-crash survivors on a mysterious island has rewritten the rules of television fiction."

Avatar: Officially as good as Battlestar Galactica. Unofficially, frankly, a bit better.

Whilst the animated show Avatar: The Last Airbender, which came to an end last year, was also recognised:

"Unusually complex characters and healthy respect for the consequences of warfare enhanced this American-made, anime-influenced martial-arts adventure."

More on the winners here.

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