While the awards season for film may be over for the year, there are still several television award shows coming up, including the prestigious Peabody Awards. For those of you who may not be aware, the Peabody Awards are based out of my alma mater, the University of Georgia, and they recognize quality and excellence in a wide range of media, including entertainment, news, documentaries, as well as radio and podcasts.
Now, via Comic Book Resources, we have learned that Luke Cage has been nominated for a Peabody Award in the entertainment category. This is the second time that a Marvel property has been nominated, as Jessica Jones took one home last year, also in the same category. When the announcement was made earlier this week, showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker took to Twitter to express his excitement over the nomination:
— Cheo Hodari Coker (@cheo_coker)
The 76th Peabody Awards will be held on May 20, 2017, so we’ll have to wait until then to see if Cage can snag the award. This would be a huge win for Marvel, as it would be the second consecutive year being recognized for such a prestigious award.
The awards were birthed out of a realization that there was no Pulitzer-caliber award or recognition for radio; in light of that realization, WSB radio in Atlanta approached John Drewry, the current dean of the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia at the time, to help fund the awards. The awards initially started out to recognize excellence in radio broadcasting, but have evolved over the years to include television programming and many other forms of media.