Toon takes Peabody

ATHENS, Ga. — Two of last week’s Oscar winners followed up on their success Thursday by winning Peabody Awards, the prestigious prizes for excellence in radio or TV.

Steven Spielberg, whose film “Schindler’s List” won seven Oscars including best movie and director, won a Peabody for his Warner Bros.-produced Fox TV cartoon “Animaniacs.”

HBO’s Oscar-winning documentary “I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School” also won one of 29 Peabodys handed out by the University of Georgia’s Henry Grady College of Journalism.

A national board selects Peabody recipients on overall merit rather than in specialized categories. Bronze medallions will be presented to the winners May 16 in New York.

“To be selected this year is a high honor indeed, since nearly 1,100 entries were considered,” said Barry L. Sherman, director of the Peabody program.

Other winners included ABC’s newsmag “Day One,” which won for a story on the ritual of female genital mutilation, and CBS’s “60 Minutes,” which won its sixth Peabody for a report charging CIA involvement in a Venezuelan drug-trafficking ring.

NBC won two awards, for its series “Homicide — Life on the Street,” and for Robert Bazell’s health and science reporting.

Two comedies were honored: Comedy Central’s “Mystery Science Theater 3000” and HBO’s “The Larry Sanders Show.”

Personal awards went to CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour, for her “courageous coverage” of the conflict in Bosnia, and Paul Harvey, for lifetime achievement in radio news.

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