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.

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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

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

  • Competition Series: Talent/Variety

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

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

  • Structured Series

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

  • Business Show

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

  • Sports Show

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

  • Crime/Justice Show

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

  • Ongoing Documentary Series

    Chef's Table (Netflix)
    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 (Lifetime) (WINNER)
    Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (Netflix)
    Our Planet (Netflix)
    Punk (Epix)
    Shut Up and Dribble (Showtime)

  • Short Form Series

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

  • Live Show

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

  • Interactive Show

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

  • Talk Show

    My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman (Netflix) (WINNER)
    Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (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 (HBO) (WINNER)
    The Late Late Show With James Corden (CBS) (WINNER)

    Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS)
    The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central) 
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS)

  • Entertainment News Show

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

  • Culinary Show

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

  • Game Show

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

  • Travel/Adventure Show

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

  • Animal/Nature Show

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

  • Lifestyle Show: Fashion/Beauty

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

  • Relationship Show

    Dating Around (Netflix) (WINNER)
    Married at First Sight (Lifetime) (WINNER)

    Born This Way (A&E)
    The Bachelor (ABC)
    Wife Swap (Paramount Network)

  • Lifestyle Show: Home/Garden

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

  • Ensemble Cast in an Unscripted Series

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

  • Show Host

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

  • Female Star of the Year

    Sandra Lee – Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC) (WINNER)
    Nicole Byer – Nailed It! (Netflix)
    Marie Kondo – Tidying Up With Marie Kondo (Netflix)
    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

    Jonathan Van Ness – Queer Eye (Netflix) (WINNER)
    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)

  • Achievement in Nonfiction by a Network or Streaming Platform

    Netflix (WINNER)
    Investigation Discovery (ID)

  • Achievement in Nonfiction Production

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