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'Breaking Bad,' 'Scandal,' 'The Story of Film' Among This Year's Peabody Award Winners

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 2, 2014 at 2:14PM

This year's Peabody Award winners are a zeitgeisty mix of new television classics, from "Breaking Bad" to "House of Cards" and "Scandal," and underdogs like FX's "The Bridge."
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The 73rd Annual Peabody Award winners are a zeitgeisty mix of new television classics, from "Breaking Bad" to "House of Cards" and "Scandal," and underdogs like FX's "The Bridge." 

This was a great year for overseas television. Denmark's "Borgen" and France's "The Returned," a must-see now on Netflix, both won prizes. BBC's beloved sci-fi series "Orphan Black," starring Tatiana Maslany, and crime miniseries "Broadchurch," took home honors as well.

Though the Peabody Awards typically honor television and radio, filmmakers weren't left out. Director Alex Gibney picked up a Peabody for his HBO documentary "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God" about sex scandals in the Roman Catholic Church. Director Ken Burns' provocative "The Central Park Five" -- which he co-directed with Sarah Burns and David McMahon -- got kudos, too. 

TCM was honored for Mark Cousins' 15-part revisionist history of cinema "The Story of Film," which screened on the network in the Fall. HBO, on a roll with premium original programming, received several other wins including nods for the documentaries "Life According to Sam" and "Six by Sondheim."

Ira Glass of "This American Life" will emcee the 73rd Annual Peabody Awards in New York on May 19. Here's the full list of winners.

This article is related to: Awards, Peabody Awards, Breaking Bad, Scandal, HBO Films, HBO , Alex Gibney, Mark Cousins


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.