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  • A Lesson Before Dying
    1999
    A Lesson Before Dying

    In this exceptional teleplay, the acclaimed Ernest J. Gaines novel is vividly brought to life by writer Ann Peacock and a superb acting ensemble (including Don Cheadle, Cicely Tyson, Mekhi Phifer, Brent Jennings and Irma P. Hall) in the skillful hands of accomplished director Joseph Sargent. Set in rural Louisiana in 1947, the story concerns Jefferson (Mekhi Phifer), an African-American youth wrongly accused of killing a white store owner. Deemed by incompetent and disinterested defense attorneys “too stupid to know the crime,” Jefferson is convicted of the murder and sentenced to die. The film focuses on the struggle of a... read more

  • ABC 2000
    1999
    ABC 2000

    The whole world indeed watched on New Year’s Eve 1999. And ABC News captured the majesty, beauty and sometimes silliness of it all with nearly 24 hours of continuous coverage of the millennium observance anchored by Peter Jennings. ABC 2000 proved to be a remarkable, exciting and all-encompassing effort that put viewers on the main streets of a true global village. The network operated 70 of its own cameras around the world and also had access to more than 400 additional cameras as part of an international Millennium Day Broadcast Consortium, 2000 Today, linking broadcasters in 66 countries, including the... read more

  • ABC News 20/20: Those Were Our Children
    1999
    ABC News 20/20: Those Were Our Children

    One of a series of strong investigative reports produced by ABC News 20/20 in 1999, Those Were Our Children reveals how one family’s tragedy can have a huge societal impact. Reverend Scott Willis and his wife, Janet, lost six children, all burned alive in a horrific accident when their minivan was unable to avoid a metal part that had fallen off a truck traveling ahead of them on the highway. The driver of the truck that killed the Willis’s six children was just one of the many unqualified non-English-speaking applicants who gained their commercial driving licenses by cheating on their... read more

  • American Presidents:  Life Portraits
    1999
    American Presidents:  Life Portraits

    American Presidents: Life Portraits represented an extraordinary commitment to explore the life stories of every American president, and in the view of the Peabody Board, exemplified the very best elements of our democratic system and free media. Throughout 1999, C-SPAN explored the life stories of each of the 41 American presidents. The series focused on one president per week, beginning in March with George Washington and ending in December with Bill Clinton. Each week the series featured a live program from a presidential site, from Mount Vernon to Monticello, from the Hermitage in Tennessee (Andrew Jackson) to Sagamore Hill in... read more

  • Annie
    1999
    Annie

    Musicals may be plentiful on Broadway but they’re in short supply on network television. Bravo then to ABC’s show-stopping presentation of Annie, which aired in the fall of 1999 as part of the Wonderful World of Disney series. Featuring Oscar-winner Kathy Bates as nasty Miss Hannigan, this lively, beautifully filmed production also showcased a host of lower-profile Tony Award perennials whose talents are seldom utilized on the small screen. Four-time nominee Victor Garber has a grand time playing Daddy Warbucks. He is joined by Tony winners Andra McDonald as Warbucks’ loyal assistant, Grace Farrell; Alan Cumming as Miss Hannigan’s shifty... read more

  • Arguing the World
    1999
    Arguing the World

    In a record year for documentaries submitted for Peabody Awards consideration, this modest production stood out as a rare television program about ideas that engages the intellect and challenges the viewer. It is the story of four key American intellectuals: literary critic and socialist Irving Howe, sociologists and moderates Daniel Bell and Nathan Glazer and political essayist and neo-conservative Irving Kristol. Born into poor immigrant homes in New York during the Depression, these men went on to success and influence in post-war America. The documentary charts their careers and changing political beliefs from their early left-wing radicalism at the City... read more

  • BIOrhythm
    1999
    BIOrhythm

    Straight-ahead biography series are a staple of cable network programming. BIOrhythm, MTV’s original biography series, breaks the mold in content and style. The night-and-day differences in presentation owe to the fact that MTV’s audience is young, restless and generally equipped with a limited attention span. BIOrhythm is for them. The weekly half-hour series utilizes music, rapid-fire editing and brief on-screen captions to reach the hearts and minds of this elusive audience. It’s easier to interest teens in the life stories of Jim Carrey, David Spade, Master P or Brandy and BIOrhythm does this effectively. But the true power of the... read more

  • City Life
    1999
    City Life

    A Hindu teen tries to balance ancient family traditions with the hip-hop culture of his new friends in Queens. In the East Village, a designer waits nervously in the wings at a fall fashion show, an event that could launch his career. Once a back-up singer in a government-sponsored rock band, a Russian immigrant is the headliner in a lavish stage show at Rasputin’s in Brighton Beach. And an octogenarian reads his latest erotic works to a chic downtown crowd of poetry fans a fraction of his age. What these people share with each other—and with WNET’s audience—is life in... read more

  • Dare to Compete: The Struggle of Women in Sports
    1999
    Dare to Compete: The Struggle of Women in Sports

    A Peabody Award honoree last year for the consistent excellence of its sports documentaries, HBO Sports continues its impressive run with two more awards for programs produced in 1999. The first, Dare to Compete: The Struggle of Women in Sports, chronicles the achievements of women in sports with intelligence, insight and an appreciation of both ability and achievement. In the talented hands of executive producer Ross Greenburg, senior producer Kendall Bridges Reid, co-producer Julie Anderson, the expert narrative of writers Mary Carillo and Frank Deford and eloquent narration provided by Lauren Hutton, the history of women in sports is traced... read more

  • ESPN SportsCentury
    1999
    ESPN SportsCentury

    This comprehensive retrospective of the people and events that shaped the face of sport in North America over the past 100 years is the first Peabody Award for ESPN and its sister sports networks. The bedrock of this substantial effort was the production of new half-hour documentaries on each of the “50 Greatest Athletes” of the past century. While the names and rankings on the list will be debated by historians and sports fans for years, there is no disputing the overall excellence of the series. Expertly hosted and narrated by Dan Patrick, the programs relied on extensive research and... read more

  • ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre:  Lost for Words
    1999
    ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre:  Lost for Words

    Unique in our youth-obsessed culture, this deceptively simple drama focuses on the declining health of an older woman and the unconditional love shown by her only son based, on the true story of author Deric Longden. Despite a series of strokes and her growing suspicions of gremlins invading her house, Mrs. Longden determinedly tries to maintain her independence. Mother is played with affecting accuracy by Dame Thora Hird, whose career now spans seven decades. As Deric (or “Jessie,” as his mother calls him following an incapacitating stroke), Pete Postlethwaite is typically understated, affecting and simply brilliant. Together, Hird and Postlethwaite... read more

  • ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre: A Rather English Marriage
    1999
    ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre: A Rather English Marriage

    In this bittersweet tale of friendship, class struggle and old age, Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay portray two widowed war veterans coming to terms with the deaths of their wives. Reggie Conyngham-Jervis (Finney), an upper crust ex-fighter pilot, and Roy Southgate (Courtenay), a retiring former milkman, find themselves on the same day in the same hospital where both of their wives have just passed away. Though at opposite ends of the social spectrum, the grief felt by the two men is the start of an odd and touching friendship. The chemistry of a real-life friendship between the two actors (who... read more

  • Facing the Truth with Bill Moyers
    1999
    Facing the Truth with Bill Moyers

    This remarkable two-hour program revealed a nation struggling to understand the unspeakable evils of its recent past. Drawing on hundreds of hours of testimony and scores of original interviews, Facing the Truth documented the investigation by South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission into the violations of human rights under Apartheid. As the commission moved toward its conclusion, Bill Moyers and producer-director Gail Pellett went among the people of South Africa to gather their stories. Blacks and whites, victims and perpetrators, the merciful and the unrepentant alike recounted the detentions, abductions, beatings, burnings, torture and murder that held their country hostage... read more

  • Fists of Freedom: The Story of the ‘68 Summer Games
    1999
    Fists of Freedom: The Story of the ‘68 Summer Games

    As much about the period as it is about the moment, this HBO Sports documentary recounts the racially charged atmosphere of the 1968 Olympics. By the summer of 1968, it seemed that America stood on the precipice of self-destruction. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy had been assassinated. Conflict and struggle were everywhere: against the war in Vietnam, against racial inequality, against poverty and despair in inner cities. In that atmosphere of political and social unrest, two track athletes took center stage with a quiet, symbolic protest that resonates today. The black-gloved, fists-held-high “black power” salute by U.S. Olympic... read more

  • FRONTLINE: The Lost Children of Rockdale County
    1999
    FRONTLINE: The Lost Children of Rockdale County

    Seizing on a little-noticed newspaper item noting an outbreak of syphilis among teenagers in the suburbs of Atlanta at the height of planning for the summer Olympics in 1996, the producers of FRONTLINE: The Lost Children of Rockdale County created a triumph of filmmaking as journalism. Producers Rachel Dretzin Goodman and Barak Goodman, under the leadership of senior executive producer David Fanning and executive producer Michael Sullivan, spent more than five months living and working in Conyers, Georgia-interviewing teenagers there and gaining a disturbing understanding of their lives. Producer Rachel Dretzin Goodman says, “We came to see the syphilis outbreak... read more

  • Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepytime Tales
    1999
    Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepytime Tales

    This program follows a simple formula for success: great kids, plus great performers, plus great stories, plus great animation equals a Peabody Award. Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepytime Tales is a family special that focuses on the magical, mysterious world of slumber, as described in a series of animated segments and live-action interviews with a variety of young children. The centerpiece of the special is the first television adaptation of Margaret Wise Brown’s beloved children’s book Goodnight Moon, illustrated by Clement Hurd, which was recently reissued in a special golden anniversary edition. HBO’s adaptation of Goodnight Moon demonstrates how faithfully... read more

  • Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years
    1999
    Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years

    Based on the best-selling memoir Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years, this exceptional film for television recounts the lives of Sarah Louise “Sadie” Delany and Anne Elizabeth “Bessie” Delany, who grew up as the daughters of an ex-slave in rural North Carolina, left for New York to attend college and start their careers, and who became somewhat reluctant celebrities as centenarians. Their story presents many of the societal, political and philosophical beliefs the women developed in their long lives, tempered by the wisdom of age and experience. Diahann Carroll (Sadie) and Ruby Dee (Bessie) are truly exceptional... read more

  • I’ll Make Me a World: A Century of African-American Arts
    1999
    I’ll Make Me a World: A Century of African-American Arts

    An exuberant and inspiring look at a century of African-American arts, I’ll Make Me a World is another remarkable contribution by the late Henry Hampton, with co-executive producer Sam Pollard. Mr. Hampton, who died in 1998, was the creative force behind Eyes on the Prize and Eyes on the Prize II, the definitive chronicle of the American Civil Rights Movement, which received Peabody Awards in 1987 and 1990. This newer work celebrates the extraordinary achievements of 20th century African-American writers, dancers, painters, actors, musicians and other artists. Six episodes engage viewers in compelling stories of struggle and creativity, featuring the... read more

  • Institutional Award: GMA Network for Investigative Reporting
    1999
    Institutional Award: GMA Network for Investigative Reporting

    The heart wrenching stories exposed by GMA Network represent a comprehensive and on-going effort to depict the complexity of social problems in a region rife with political and social unrest. Executive producer Marissa Flores, with a talented team of producers, writer, directors and reporters, including Jessica Soho, Michelle Seva-Recto, Jay Taruc, Leogarda Sanchez and Rowel Cornejo, and powerful videography by Melchor Quintos and Gregg Gonzales, delve into the hardships shared by many Filipinos. In Kidneys for Sale, GMA Network entered a depressed area along the shores of Manila Bay and revealed how a colony of unemployed men have sold their... read more

  • Lost & Found Sound
    1999
    Lost & Found Sound

    Lost & Found Sound is an imaginative radio series that captivated public radio listeners throughout 1999 and 2000. With creative storytelling techniques, National Public Radio with The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson, Nikki Silva and Jay Allison, have produced an entrancing weekly series that weaves archival recordings into a fascinating story of a century of sound. Lost & Found Sound is an aural delight, a groundbreaking collaborative effort among producers, journalists, artists and public radio listeners. The variety of programs is exceptional, considerable and represented a perfect project for radio. Radio listeners, sound collectors, historians and archivists have all contributed to... read more

  • Morning Edition with Bob Edwards
    1999
    Morning Edition with Bob Edwards

    Bob Edwards is no stranger to the Peabody podium, having been on hand in 1991 to accept a personal award on behalf of the late Walter “Red” Barber, whose advancing age and declining health kept the great sportscaster from taking one last road trip to New York. Mr. Edwards has moved from Fridays with Red to Mondays with Mr. Peabody, for today we recognize National Public Radio’s daily two hours of in-depth news and entertainment, expertly helmed by a man who embodies the essence of excellence in radio. Bob Edwards has hosted Morning Edition since its premiere in November 1979.... read more

  • Murder in Purdah
    1999
    Murder in Purdah

    In Pakistan, men kill their wives, mothers, daughters and sisters with impunity while women wait on death row for killing their husbands in self-defense. Women simply suspected of sex outside of marriage or who are merely disobedient are burned, tortured and murdered—justifiably, say their own fathers, brothers and sons—in the defense of family honor. Murder in Purdah, presented by BBC News’ superb Correspondent series, bears witness to the tragic stories of these women in stark detail. BBC reporter Olenka Frenkiel and senior producer Giselle Portenier traveled throughout Pakistan to reveal the terrible injustices perpetrated upon these women and to interview... read more

  • Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
    1999
    Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

    Filmmaker Ken Burns is no stranger to the Peabody Awards, having won previously for documentaries ranging from The Civil War to Frank Lloyd Wright. His exceptional work continues with Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. The four-hour PBS production, written by long-time collaborator Geoffrey C. Ward and narrated by Sally Kellerman, brings heart, soul and considerable poignancy to the stories of these two leaders of the women’s suffrage movement. Neither lived to see their crowning triumph-women going to the polls for the first time on Nov. 2, 1920. Mr. Burns and co-producer... read more

  • Personal Award: Bob Simon for International Reporting for CBS News
    1999
    Personal Award: Bob Simon for International Reporting for CBS News

    In an age when neophytes with cell phones, websites and mini-cams claim to be “journalists” and when the debate on critical global issues often takes on a shrill tone amplified by thousands of extremist voices, Bob Simon’s reports for 60 Minutes II and 60 Minutes ring with reason, truth and informed insight. A previous recipient of the Peabody Award as part of CBS News’ coverage of the assassination of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, Mr. Simon spanned a diverse set of global issues and events in his 1999 reports. These reports ranged from the ongoing tragedy in Yugoslavia... read more

  • Personal Award: Sheila Nevins
    1999
    Personal Award: Sheila Nevins

    Sheila Nevins is one of the true independent spirits in television today, whose passion and vision consistently create excellence. In an age when much television programming seems to be seeking a lower and lower common denominator, Ms. Nevins aims high and is typically on target. Sheila Nevins was named executive vice president, original programming for Home Box Office in April 1999. In that role, she is responsible for overseeing the development and production of all documentaries and family programming for HBO and Cinemax. She had been senior vice president, original programming since 1995. During her tenure, HBO’s critically acclaimed documentary... read more

  • Playing the China Card (Nixon’s China Game)
    1999
    Playing the China Card (Nixon’s China Game)

    In February 1972, the world watched in awe as “cold warrior” Richard Nixon made his historic visit to China. This revealing documentary describes one of the world’s oddest international relationships-the unlikely courtship between the United States and China. The motives and techniques of U.S. diplomacy at the highest level have never before been so penetratingly revealed. Drawing on news footage, home movies of Nixon’s visit and remarkable access to many of the most critical players, executive producers Brian Lapping and Norma Percy, series producer Mark Anderson and producer-director Michael Simkin, with producer and writer Bill Lattanzi for The American Experience,... read more

  • Singled Out
    1999
    Singled Out

    Singled Out is proof that local investigative reporting can have national impact. WAGA-TV’s investigation uncovered irrefutable evidence to substantiate claims that U.S. Customs inspectors at one of the nation’s largest airports were unfairly targeting minorities for unwarranted and invasive searches. Over a six-month period, reporter Dale Russell, executive producer Michael Carlin, producer Mindy Larcom, photographer Travis Shields and editor Robert Carr revealed that the clear majority of passengers singled out by inspectors for pat-downs, strip searches or x-rays were African Americans, and virtually all of them were innocent. In a dramatic illustration of the nature of racial profiling, WAGA-TV compared... read more

  • Stadium Investigation
    1999
    Stadium Investigation

    WCPO-TV’s I-Team stadium investigation is an extraordinary undertaking by a television news organization. WCPO-TV took the lead in serving as the watchdog for citizens of Cincinnati over the billion-dollar expenditure on new sports stadiums for the Reds and Bengals. Now in the third year of its investigation, and nearing the completion of the first stadium, WCPO-TV has reportedly uncovered broken promises, manipulation of numbers in official reports, political cronyism in contract awards, creation of “pass-through” companies and other questionable, possibly illegal activities. The I-Team’s relentless and courageous pursuit of the truth resulted in a state investigation of stadium spending. In... read more

  • Strange Justice
    1999
    Strange Justice

    Both stylized and substantive, the Showtime movie Strange Justice takes a distinctively different look at the 1991 face off between Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill. Director Ernest Dickerson compels us to look at these events in a different way by highlighting the gamesmanship deployed by both sides. Even more tellingly, he heightens the drama of the Senate confirmation hearings with out-of-body depictions of key testimony. At one point, an indignant Thomas (played by Delroy Lindo) addresses the senators bare-chested while standing within inches of them. When he makes his famous “high-tech lynching” allegation, he uses his necktie as a noose.... read more

  • The Life of Birds by David Attenborough
    1999
    The Life of Birds by David Attenborough

    Spectacular imagery and impeccable science are combined in the dazzling ten-part series The Life of Birds by David Attenborough. Renowned natural history filmmaker, Sir David Attenborough hosts this masterful production now perched high as the definitive television portrait of the avian species. In addition to writing the script for the series and hosting it, Sir David Attenborough visited all seven continents, flying 250,000 miles in 70 filming trips to 42 countries. Nearly three years in the making, the series takes a close-up look at how birds have evolved from prehistoric times and how they have adapted to life in the... read more

  • The Mississippi:  River of Song
    1999
    The Mississippi:  River of Song

    An extremely novel approach to the radio presentation of song, this expansive radio series—as expansive as the Mississippi River itself—captures the spirit and soul of American music along the great river. The driving forces of the series for Smithsonian Productions include producer Marge Ostroushko, with executive producer Wesley Horner, director John Junkerman, writer Brian Newhouse and editor Todd Huslander. Through literally hundreds of live performances and conversations with more than 40 musicians, the series presents the richness and vitality of the music that flourishes in the heart of the nation. In seven parts, the series takes the listener through a... read more

  • The Second World War in Colour (History Alive: World War II in Color)
    1999
    The Second World War in Colour (History Alive: World War II in Color)

    Carefully culling never-before-seen color footage, this stunning documentary presents World War II in fresh, disturbing and astonishing new ways. Rare and lavishly restored (but un-retouched) color footage from as early as 1933 is interwoven with the letters and diaries of those whose lives were irrevocably changed by the tide of history. Many of the images linger in the mind’s eye, such as dramatic footage of a relaxed Adolph Hitler in repose in his Alpine retreat, or of a funeral for a murdered S.S. officer in Serbia that is followed by a round of random executions, or of American soldiers in... read more

  • The Sopranos
    1999
    The Sopranos

    Combining drama with comic irony, The Sopranos elevates the mob story from a shop-worn cinematic genre into an unmatched exposition of the moral complexity of modern American life. The Sopranos is original, funny, smart and alive with gritty characters so multi-layered, recognizably and mysteriously human that audiences gossip about them as they would about mutual friends. In capturing the vision of creator and co-executive producer David Chase, the production gets everything right-from speech cadence to home decor. Mr. Chase has been associated with excellence in series television before, having been a driving force on Northern Exposure and I’ll Fly Away,... read more

  • The Valley
    1999
    The Valley

    Filmed during the bitter fighting before the NATO air war began, The Valley is a journey deep into the killing fields of Kosovo, Europe’s last war of the 20th century. The Drenica Valley was hit first and hardest in this war and is now devastated. This extraordinary film shows how the spiral of fear, hatred and killing—fueled by ancient myths—can take on a terrible logic of its own. The Valley dramatically demonstrates the power of understatement and underproduction. Here, haunting scenes of burning villages and charred corpses are offset by vast natural beauty. With its horrifying yet visually beautiful cinematography,... read more

  • The West Wing
    1999
    The West Wing

    Many successful TV dramas resort to one of the three basic food groups-cops, doctors and lawyers. NBC’s The West Wing, created and written by Aaron Sorkin, dares to put high-powered politics in the weekly prime-time mix. Running parallel to a real-life presidential campaign, The West Wing presents a remarkably rich and nuanced look at the fictional administration of President Josiah Bartlet, played with force and presence by Martin Sheen. Mr. Sorkin has surrounded this centrist New Hampshire Democrat with a ring-true ensemble of politicos headed by chief of staff Leo McGarry (John Spencer). Absent the standard, formulaic jeopardy or action... read more

  • VH1 Save the Music Campaign
    1999
    VH1 Save the Music Campaign

    For three years, VH1 has dedicated itself to improving the quality of music education in America’s schools by restoring music programs and by donating musical instruments. By the close of 1999, the VH1 Save the Music Foundation had generated more than $25 million in support of music education and had created more than 350 music programs in 30 cities, reaching more than 120,000 children. Its goal is to bring music instruction to a million children by 2007. The VH1 Save the Music campaign exemplifies all the qualities of a proactive and successful public service effort. Partners with the cable and... read more