Critics' Choice Real TV Awards: 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Leads Noms for Inaugural Show

7:30 AM 5/6/2019

by Kimberly Nordyke

Netflix tops all networks and streamers with 33 nominations overall.

'RuPaul's Drag Race'
'RuPaul's Drag Race'
Courtesy of Sundance Institute

RuPaul's Drag Race leads the nominations for the inaugural Critics' Choice Real TV Awards, which "recognize excellence in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms."

The show — presented by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association and NPACT, the trade organization serving the producers of nonfiction entertainment content — will air Sunday, June 9, on VH1. The show itself will take place Sunday, June 2, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

VH1's RuPaul's Drag Race garnered a total of five noms, including for best competition series and best host. Netflix's Queer Eye follows with four noms, followed by two other Netflix programs, Our Planet and Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, with three awards each.

Overall, Netflix leads all networks and streaming services with 33 nominations. NBC came in a distant second with 10.

Also up for best competition series are Making It (NBC), Project Runway (Bravo), Survivor: David vs. Goliath (CBS) and Top Chef (Bravo).

Meanwhile, in the category of best show host, RuPaul Charles will compete with Stephen Colbert (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, CBS), James Corden (The Late Late Show With James Corden, CBS), Busy Philipps (Busy Tonight, E!) and Jerry Seinfeld (Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Netflix).

The awards show is adapted from and replaces the NPACT Impact Awards held last year. In addition to the critics' choices, the show will feature two fan-voted awards and three peer-selected honors given to those who have made significant contributions to the industry.
 
Bob Bain and Joey Berlin will serve as executive producers. 

A full list of nominations follows.

  • Competition Series

    'Survivor: David vs. Goliath'
    'Survivor: David vs. Goliath'
    CBS Entertainment

    Making It (NBC)
    Project Runway (Bravo)
    RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
    Survivor: David vs. Goliath (CBS)
    Top Chef (Bravo)

  • Competition Series: Talent/Variety

    'The Masked Singer'
    'The Masked Singer'
    Michael Becker/FOX

    America’s Got Talent: The Champions (NBC)
    So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
    The Masked Singer (Fox)
    The Voice (NBC)
    World of Dance (NBC)

  • Unstructured Series

    'Deadliest Catch'
    'Deadliest Catch'
    Screengrab

    Born This Way (A&E)
    Deadliest Catch (Discovery)
    Intervention (A&E)
    Many Sides of Jane (A&E)
    RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked! (VH1)

  • Structured Series

    'Queer Eye'
    'Queer Eye'
    Courtesy of Netflix

    Lip Sync Battle (Paramount Network)
    Magic for Humans (Netflix)
    Queer Eye (Netflix)
    Shark Tank (ABC)
    Tidying Up With Marie Kondo (Netflix)
    Who Do You Think You Are? (TLC)

  • Business Show

    'Shark Tank'
    'Shark Tank'
    Mitch Haaseth/ABC

    Bar Rescue (Paramount Network)
    Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back (Fox)
    Selling Sunset (Netflix)
    Shark Tank (ABC)
    T-Pain’s School of Business (Fuse)

  • Sports Show

    'Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel'
    'Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel'
    Photofest

    American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
    Losers (Netflix)
    Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (HBO)
    Sunderland ’Til I Die (Netflix)
    Warriors of Liberty City (Starz)

  • Crime/Justice Show

    'Making a Murderer: Part 2'
    'Making a Murderer: Part 2'
    Courtesy of Netflix

    Betrayed (ID)
    Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (Netflix)
    In Pursuit With John Walsh (ID)
    Making a Murderer: Part 2 (Netflix)
    The Innocent Man (Netflix)

  • Ongoing Documentary Series

    'United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell'
    'United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell'
    Courtesy of CNN

    Chef's Table (Netflix)
    POV (PBS)
    The Circus: Inside the Wildest Political Show on Earth (Showtime)
    United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell (CNN)
    Vice (HBO)

  • Limited Documentary Series

    'Surviving R. Kelly
    'Surviving R. Kelly
    Courtesy of Lifetime

    Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (Netflix)
    Our Planet (Netflix)
    Punk (Epix)
    Shut Up and Dribble (Showtime)
    Surviving R. Kelly (Lifetime)

  • Short Form Series

    'The Daily Show With Trevor Noah'
    'The Daily Show With Trevor Noah'
    Courtesy of Comedy Central

    9 Months With Courteney Cox (Facebook Watch)
    Biography Presents: History, Herstory (History)
    Carpool Karaoke: The Series (Apple TV)
    Comeback Kids (The Dodo)
    The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Between the Scenes (Comedy Central)

  • Live Show

    'The Voice'
    'The Voice'
    Trae Patton/NBC

    BUILD (AOL)
    La Voz (Telemundo)
    So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
    The Voice (NBC)
    Yellowstone Live (National Geographic)

  • Interactive Show

    'Watch What Happens With Andy Cohen'
    'Watch What Happens With Andy Cohen'
    Courtesy of Charles Sykes/Bravo

    Talking Dead (AMC)
    Watch What Happens With Andy Cohen (Bravo)
    You vs. Wild (Netflix)

  • Talk Show

    'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee'
    'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee'
    Courtesy of Netflix

    Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Netflix)
    My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman (Netflix)
    Red Table Talk (Facebook Watch)
    The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Warner Bros. Television/Syndicated)
    The View (ABC)

  • Late-Night Talk Show

    'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver'
    'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver'
    Courtesy of HBO

    Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS)
    Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
    The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
    The Late Late Show With James Corden (CBS)
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS)

  • Entertainment News Show

    'Entertainment Tonight'
    'Entertainment Tonight'
    Courtesy of Entertainment Tonight

    Access (NBCUniversal Television/Syndicated)
    E! News (E!)
    Entertainment Tonight (CBS Television/Syndicated)
    Extra (Warner Bros. Television/Syndicated)
    Inside Edition (CBS Television/Syndicated)

  • Culinary Show

    'Top Chef'
    'Top Chef'
    Courtesy of Bravo

    Chopped (Food Network)
    Nailed It! (Netflix)
    Salt Fat Acid Heat (Netflix)
    The Great British Baking Show (PBS)
    Top Chef (Bravo)

  • Game Show

    'Jeopardy!'
    'Jeopardy!'
    Amanda Edwards/Getty Images

    Cash Cab (Discovery)
    Common Knowledge (Game Show Network)
    Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC)
    Hollywood Game Night (NBC)
    Jeopardy! (CBS Television/Syndicated)

  • Travel/Adventure Show

    'Expedition Unknown'
    'Expedition Unknown'
    Courtesy of Discovery Channel

    Expedition Unknown (Discovery)
    Larry Charles’ Dangerous World of Comedy (Netflix)
    Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix)
    The Great Food Truck Race (Food Network)
    The Voyager With Josh Garcia (NBC)

  • Animal/Nature Show

    'Our Planet'
    'Our Planet'
    Alex Voyer/Silverback/Netflix

    Amanda to the Rescue (Animal Planet)
    Dodo Heroes (Animal Planet)
    Dynasties (BBC America)
    Hostile Planet (National Geographic)
    Our Planet (Netflix)

  • Lifestyle Show: Fashion/Beauty

    'Project Runway'
    'Project Runway'
    Miller Mobley/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank

    Project Runway (Bravo)
    Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime)
    Queer Eye (Netflix)
    Say Yes to the Dress (TLC)

  • Relationship Show

    'The Bachelor'
    'The Bachelor'
    ABC/Josh Vertucci

    Born This Way (A&E)
    Dating Around (Netflix)
    Married at First Sight (Lifetime)
    The Bachelor (ABC)
    Wife Swap (Paramount Network)

  • Lifestyle Show: Home/Garden

    'Property Brothers'
    'Property Brothers'
    Photofest

    Home Town (HGTV)
    Love It or List It (HGTV)
    Property Brothers (HGTV)
    Tidying Up With Marie Kondo (Netflix)
    Trading Spaces (TLC)

  • Ensemble Cast in an Unscripted Series

    'The Real Housewives of New York City'
    'The Real Housewives of New York City'
    Charles Sykes/Bravo

    Crikey! It’s The Irwins (Animal Planet)
    Queer Eye (Netflix)
    RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
    The Real Housewives of New York City (Bravo)
    Trading Spaces (TLC)

  • Show Host

    'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert'
    'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert'
    Scott Kowalchyk/CBS

    RuPaul Charles – RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
    Stephen Colbert – The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS)
    James Corden – The Late Late Show With James Corden (CBS)
    Busy Philipps – Busy Tonight (E!)
    Jerry Seinfeld – Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Netflix)

  • Female Star of the Year

    Marie Kondo
    Marie Kondo
    Ben Gabbe/Getty Images

    Nicole Byer – Nailed It! (Netflix)
    Marie Kondo – Tidying Up With Marie Kondo (Netflix)
    Sandra Lee – Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC)
    Samin Nosrat – Salt Fat Acid Heat (Netflix)
    Chrissy Teigen – Lip Sync Battle (Paramount Network)
    Michelle Visage – RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

  • Male Star of the Year

    'Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj'
    'Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj'
    Courtesy of Netflix

    David Attenborough – Our Planet (Netflix)
    RuPaul Charles – RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
    Hasan Minhaj – Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj (Netflix)
    Phil Rosenthal – Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix)
    Jonathan Van Ness – Queer Eye (Netflix)

  • Achievement in Nonfiction by a Network or Streaming Platform

    A&E
    Bravo
    FOX
    Investigation Discovery (ID)
    NBC
    Netflix

  • Achievement in Nonfiction Production

    A. Smith & Co. Productions
    Big Fish Entertainment
    Endemol Shine North America
    Kreativ Inc.
    The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC)