It’s no wonder Louis C.K. was named to Time’s 100 Influentials List… He’s just added another award to his mantle.
The 45-year-old Mexican-American stand-up comedian actor, who will be starring in a new HBO comedy special soon, has been named as one of the 39 recipients of the 72nd Annual Peabody Awards.
The winners, chosen by the Peabody board as the best in electronic media for the year 2012, were named in a ceremony last month in the Peabody Gallery on the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Louis C.K.’s FX series Louie was selected for its “serrated, boundary-testing take on being a single, showbiz dad.”
But Louis C.K.’s series wasn’t the only Peabody winner with a Latin connection.
ABC Family’s drama Switched at Birth, which stars Constance Marie, was recognized for its multicultural elements, which include major characters who are deaf.
Other winners include Rapido y Furioso, Univision’s Mexican perspective on the infamous Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive gun-tracking debacle; and What Happened at Dos Erres, a This American Life spellbinder about a Guatemalan immigrant who learns that the man he believed to be his father actually led the massacre of his village.
“Our list of Peabody recipients for 2012 demonstrates the range of superb work,” said award organizers. “From local to national to international, from radio to television, broadcast to cable to web, the Peabody sets the goals for every type of media production. We’ll continue to do this, no matter how the world of electronic media develops.”
The 39 Peabodys will be formally presented at a luncheon on May 20 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.