HBO’s Watchmen Lands a Peabody Award Nomination

For nearly eight decades, the Peabody Awards has honored the most empowering stories told across all forms of media. This year, HBO’s Watchmen has a chance at joining the ranks of its winners. The Peabodys’ board of jurors announced the 2020 list of nominees earlier today; and Damon Lindelof’s remix of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ classic comic is competing in the Entertainment category.

The other nominees in the Entertainment category also include HBO’s Chernobyl; Netflix’s Unbelievable and When They See Us; Hulu’s Ramy; Amazon’s Fleabag and Good Omens; and Apple TV+’s Dickinson. Stranger Things also received its second Peabody nomination after previously earning a nod for its first season in 2016.

Lindelof also shared his response to Watchmen’s nomination on Instagram. You can read what he had to say for yourself below.

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On behalf of the hundreds of artists who devoted themselves to Watchmen, we are profoundly grateful to be nominated by the esteemed @peabodyawards. In the midst of a global pandemic, it feels strange and inappropriate to celebrate anything, yet Peabody shines a light on so many incredible pieces of work… from news to docs to podcasts to children’s programming. For those still sheltering, I highly recommend you check out the list of nominees as it’s chock full of vitamins for your mind and soul. We are truly honored to be among such distinguished company, particularly the astonishing WHEN THEY SEE US, the unforgettable UNBELIEVABLE and the radioactively brilliant CHERNOBYL. These limited series form a holy trinity of dramatized nonfiction that forces us to look, unflinchingly, at the most brutal and frightening parts of our society… and even in the midst of terror and despair, even in the darkest of nights, if we look hard enough, we find a glimmer of humanity and grace. I’ll keep looking if you will.

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The Peabody Awards ceremony was originally going to take place on June 18. But in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the event has been indefinitely postponed. The full list of nominees can be found here.

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