Our favorite bulletproof hero might have been the go-to Netflix show to binge watch last year, but its still not finished making headlines. Marvel’s Luke Cage has been nominated for a Peabody Award in the Entertainment and Children’s Programs category. Not only was Luke Cage a highly anticipated character that fans of the comics wanted to see adapted to live action, but it is also the first Marvel property to feature a predominantly Black cast and was presented in a way that gave a voice to the black experience in a nuanced yet powerful way. This alone makes it worthy of the nomination.
The Peabody Awards was founded in 1938 and has since become known for recognizing excellence in quality, rather than popularity and commercial success in several areas of entertainment. Jessica Jones won the Peabody Award in the same category last year so lets cross our fingers that Marvel and Netflix can boast a second win. More awards recognition could be the motivation needed to push the show’s second season release date to a sooner slot. Could be wishful thinking but optimism has never hurt anybody.
Luke Cage is up against some equally awesome shows that are loved by the GOC community as well. Other nominees include FX’s Atlanta, Netflix’s Stranger Things, HBO’s Lemonade, NBC’s This Is Us, ABC’s American Crime and many more.
Congratulations and Good Luck to everyone involved in bringing Luke Cage to the masses.
The Peabody Awards will be hosted by actress Rashida Jones (Parks & Recreation) and will air on both PBS and Fusion networks on June 2nd.