Starring Regina King, HBO's Watchmen is set 34 years after the events of the comic book of the same name. The HBO adaptation also deals with racism and racial violence in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Created by Ava DuVernay, Queen Sugar chronicles the Bordelons, a group of siblings living in rural Louisiana.
“The Academy Honors Committee is thrilled once again to recognize television that is not only excellent but strives to inform, move and impact its audience by highlighting important issues facing our society,” said Academy governor Howard Meltzer.
Other notable recipients include Showtime's Laquan McDonald documentary, 16 Shots, and Netflix's Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.
“Now more than ever, television remains one of the most powerful mediums to reach and touch people. We applaud those brave visionaries who choose to tell difficult and empowering stories," said co-chair Jill Sanford.
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