Avatar Wins Peabody Award

The Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender was the sole animated winner in this year’s Peabody Awards.

The awards, named for George Foster Peabody, recognize the most outstanding achievements in electronic media, including radio, television and cable. First presented in 1941, the awards are administered by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Selection is made each spring by the Peabody Board, a 16-member panel of distinguished academics, television critics, industry practitioners and experts in culture and the arts.

In honoring Avatar, the judges noted its ‘unusually complex characters and healthy respect for the consequences of warfare enhanced this American-made, anime-influenced martial-arts adventure.’

A live-action feature film adaptation titled The Last Airbender is currently being produced and is directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony May 18 hosted by NBC News anchor Brian Williams at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.