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2021 Critics Choice Real TV Awards Winners Announced

It’s another year which means that the annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards have been held and we have an official list of winners. RuPaul’s Drag Race took home the most awards of the night, raking in a total of six awards. The awards “recognize excellence in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.”

The ceremony also payed tribute to the late Jeopardy! game show host Alex Trebek who passed away last year after a long-lasting battle with pancreatic cancer.

Mr. Trebek and his legacy epitomize what the Impact Award was created to honor,” organizers said in a statement. “His longstanding commitment to the pursuit of excellence, his continual encouragement of curiosity, and his unfailing charm made Mr. Trebek one of television’s most respected and beloved figures. He was an inspiration to the nonfiction community that selected him for this award, and to the vast audience that welcomed him into their daily lives.”

Two fan-voted categories also announced winners – male and female star of the year. Winners in those two competitions were Phil Rosenthal of Netflix’s Somebody Feed Phil and Sandra Lee of TLC’s Dr. Pimple Popper, respectively.

Below is the complete list of winners at the 2021 Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards.

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1) (WINNER)
The Amazing Race (CBS)
The Great British Baking Show (Netflix) (WINNER)
Top Chef (Bravo)
Tough as Nails (CBS)

BEST COMPETITION SERIES: TALENT/VARIETY – TIE
American Idol (ABC)
Legendary (HBO Max)
The Masked Singer (Fox) (WINNER)
The Voice (NBC) (WINNER)
World of Dance (NBC)

BEST UNSTRUCTURED SERIES
Crikey! It’s the Irwins (discovery+)
Deaf U (Netflix) (WINNER)
Lenox Hill (Netflix)
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked (VH1)
The Real World Homecoming: New York (Paramount+)

BEST STRUCTURED SERIES – TIE
A World of Calm (HBO Max)
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Food Network) (WINNER)
History of Swear Words (Netflix)
Queer Eye (Netflix)
The Oprah Conversation (Apple TV+) (WINNER)

BEST BUSINESS SHOW
Restaurant: Impossible (Food Network)
Shark Tank (ABC) (WINNER)
Streets of Dreams with Marcus Lemonis (CNBC)
Undercover Billionaire (Discovery Channel and discovery+)
Wahl Street (HBO Max)

BEST SPORTS SHOW
30 for 30 (ESPN) (WINNER)
Defying Gravity (YouTube Originals)
Last Chance U: Basketball (Netflix)
Peyton’s Places (ESPN+)
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO)

BEST CRIME/JUSTICE SHOW
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO) (WINNER)
Murder Among the Mormons (Netflix)
Murder on Middle Beach (HBO)
The Ripper (Netflix)
The Vow (HBO)
Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller (National Geographic)

BEST ONGOING DOCUMENTARY SERIES
American Masters (PBS)
Dear … (Apple TV+)
Frontline (PBS) (WINNER)
POV (PBS)
The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth (Showtime)
The Vow (HBO)

BEST LIMITED DOCUMENTARY SERIES
1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything (Apple TV+) (WINNER)
Amend: The Fight for America (Netflix)
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO)
Love Fraud (Showtime)
Murder on Middle Beach (HBO)
Secrets of the Whales (Disney+ / National Geographic)

BEST SHORT FORM SERIES
First Person (Snapchat)
Issa Rae Teaches Creating Outside the Lines (MasterClass) (WINNER)
Lady Parts (ellentube)
OWN Your Vote (NowThis and OWN social channels)
Ready Jet Cook (Food Network Kitchen)

BEST LIVE SHOW
Dancing with the Stars (ABC) (WINNER)

BEST CULINARY SHOW
Amy Schumer Learns to Cook (Food Network)
Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines (discovery+)
Nailed It! (Netflix)
Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi (Hulu) (WINNER)
Top Chef (Bravo)

BEST GAME SHOW
25 Words or Less (Fox/Syndicated)
Jeopardy! (CBS Television/Syndicated) (WINNER)
Supermarket Sweep (ABC)
Weakest Link (NBC)
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (ABC)

BEST TRAVEL/ADVENTURE SHOW
Men in Kilts (Starz)
Running Wild with Bear Grylls (National Geographic)
Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix)
Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (CNN) (WINNER)
The Great Food Truck Race (Food Network)

BEST ANIMAL/NATURE SHOW
Life in Color with David Attenborough (Netflix) (WINNER)

Secrets of the Whales (Disney+ / National Geographic)
That Animal Rescue Show (Paramount+)
The Incredible Dr. Pol (Nat Geo WILD)
Wizard of Paws (BYUtv)

BEST LIFESTYLE: FASHION/BEAUTY SHOW
Haute Dog (HBO Max)
Queer Eye (Netflix) (WINNER)
Shine True (Fuse)
Skin Decision: Before and After (Netflix)
Stylish with Jenna Lyons (HBO Max)

BEST RELATIONSHIP SHOW
90 Day Fiancé (TLC)
Couples Therapy (Showtime)
Indian Matchmaking (Netflix)
Love on the Spectrum (Netflix) (WINNER)
My Love: Six Stories of True Love (Netflix)

BEST LIFESTYLE: HOME/GARDEN SHOW
House Hunters International (HGTV) (WINNER)

Martha Knows Best (HGTV)
Property Brothers: Forever Home (HGTV)
Rock the Block (HGTV)
Selling Sunset (Netflix)

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST IN AN UNSCRIPTED SERIES
Top Chef (Bravo)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1) (WINNER)
Queer Eye (Netflix)
Crikey! It’s The Irwins (discovery+)
The Real World Homecoming: New York (Paramount+)

BEST SHOW HOST
RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Oprah Winfrey – The Oprah Conversation (Apple TV+)
Stanley Tucci –  Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (CNN)
Padma Lakshmi – Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi (Hulu)
John Oliver – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) (WINNER)

MALE STAR OF THE YEAR
Trevor Noah – The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Stanley Tucci – Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (CNN)
Guy Fieri – Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Food Network)
Phil Rosenthal – Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix) (WINNER)

FEMALE STAR OF THE YEAR
Nicole Byer – Nailed It! (Netflix)
Sandra Lee – Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC) (WINNER)
Michelle Visage – RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Padma Lakshmi – Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi (Hulu)
Samantha Bee – Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NONFICTION PROGRAMMING BY A NETWORK OR STREAMING PLATFORM 
Discovery+
Disney+
HBO Max (WINNER)
Hulu
National Geographic
Netflix

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NONFICTION PRODUCTION 
The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC)
Jigsaw Productions
Renegade 83
Sharp Entertainment (WINNER)

Caillou Pettis is a professional film critic and has been writing about film for several years across various different publications. Ever since the age of nine, film and the art of filmmaking have been his number one passion. When hes

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Written by Caillou Pettis

Caillou Pettis is a professional film critic and has been writing about film for several years across various different publications. Ever since the age of nine, film and the art of filmmaking have been his number one passion. When hes

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