John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight Wins Third Peabody Award

Last Week Tonight can’t stop collecting awards—even outside Emmy season.

John Oliver’s HBO show just won its third Peabody Award, this time for an episode covering the Israel-Hamas War.

The program was among 27 nominees announced last month in the Arts, Children’s/Youth, Entertainment, and Interactive & Immersive categories. The nomination specifically recognized the November 2023 episode titled “Israel-Hamas War.”

In announcing the show’s win today, The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors wrote: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver offered an important corrective to the media landscape awash in misinformation and decontextualized vitriol just weeks after October 7,” it said. “Though ostensibly a ‘comedy’ show, Last Week offered one of the best encapsulations of the conflict in all of media.”

Oliver’s show is now 3-for-3 at the Peabody Qwards. It was nominated and won in 2015, and again in 2018.
A ceremony to honor this year’s winners will be held on June 9 in Los Angeles. Oliver’s Peabody-nominated segment on the Israel-Hamas War can be viewed on YouTube.

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