‘Top Chef,’ ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Top Critics Choice Real TV Awards
Top Chef and RuPaul’s Drag Race were among the big winners of the 2022 Critics Choice Real TV Awards on Sunday night.
Drag Race won in best competition series, best unstructured series and best ensemble cast, while Top Chef also won in best competition series, as well as best culinary show, and best show host for Padma Lakshmi for hosting Top Chef as well as Taste the Nation With Padma Lakshmi.
How to With John Wilson also scored a win, while Selena Gomez and Robert Irvine were named female and male star of the year, respectively, for Selena Chef and Restaurant Impossible.
Jeopardy! won for best game show, while Shark Tank scored for best business show. Secrets of Playboy won for best crime/justice show. HBO Max won for outstanding achievement in nonfiction programming by a network or streaming platform, while Bravo was the most awarded network of the evening, with five wins.
Heading into the night, Top Chef led with five nominations, including best competition series, best culinary show and best ensemble cast in an unscripted series.
Bob Saget, who died in January at the age of 65, was honored with this year’s Impact Award, which was accepted on his behalf by his wife, Kelly Rizzo. John Stamos, Saget’s friend and Full House co-star, presented the award. He also received the award for his run on America’s Funniest Home Videos, on which he worked from 1989 to 1997.
The Impact Award honors career achievement in nonfiction, unscripted and reality TV programming.
The in-person ceremony and gala took place Sunday at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Actors, comedians, and television and podcast hosts Randy and Jason Sklar hosted the event. The Real TV Awards were launched in 2019.
See below for a full list of winners.
BEST COMPETITION SERIES
Top Chef (Bravo), RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
BEST COMPETITION SERIES: TALENT/VARIETY
Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls (Prime Video)
BEST UNSTRUCTURED SERIES
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked (VH1)
BEST STRUCTURED SERIES
How to With John Wilson (HBO)
BEST CULINARY SHOW
Top Chef (Bravo)
BEST GAME SHOW
BEST TRAVEL/ADVENTURE SHOW
Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix)
BEST BUSINESS SHOW
Shark Tank (ABC)
BEST ANIMAL/NATURE SHOW
Critter Fixers: Country Vets (National Geographic)
BEST CRIME/JUSTICE SHOW
Secrets of Playboy (A&E)
BEST SPORTS SHOW
BEST RELATIONSHIP SHOW
Love Is Blind (Netflix)
BEST LIFESTYLE: HOME/GARDEN SHOW
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles (Bravo)
BEST LIFESTYLE: FASHION/BEAUTY SHOW
Project Runway (Bravo)
BEST LIMITED SERIES
We Need to Talk About Cosby (Showtime)
BEST ENSEMBLE CAST IN AN UNSCRIPTED SERIES
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
BEST SHOW HOST
Padma Lakshmi – Taste the Nation With Padma Lakshmi (Hulu) and Top Chef (Bravo)
MALE STAR OF THE YEAR
Robert Irvine – Restaurant: Impossible (Food Network)
FEMALE STAR OF THE YEAR
Selena Gomez – Selena Chef (HBO Max)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NONFICTION PROGRAMMING BY A NETWORK OR STREAMING PLATFORM
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NONFICTION PRODUCTION
The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC)
CRITICS CHOICE REAL TV IMPACT AWARD
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