The Visionary Honours 2020 shortlist – at a glance

The Visionary Honours award show celebrates inspirational culture, media and entertainment that has influenced social change and debate, championing causes from inclusion, diversity, equality, mental health and anti-social behaviour to the climate crisis.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this years winners will be live streamed on Wednesday 6th May with a broadcast hosted by Scarlette Douglas on Facebook Premiere @VisionaryArtsUK and here on our website. We will also be raising funds for NHS Charities Together, with an exclusive showing of the new music video ‘You Raise Me Up’ by Denise Pearson, a tribute to the Health and Social Care workers, Doctors and Nurses we have lost and those that continue saving lives on the frontline.

Below are this year’s nominations:

BOOK OF THE YEAR

  • CROSSFIRE – Malorie Blackman
  • GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER – Bernardine Evaristo
  • IT’S NOT ABOUT THE BURQA – Mariam Khan
  • IT’S NOT OK TO FEEL BLUE (AND OTHER LIES) – Scarlett Curtis
  • PROUD – Juno Dawson
  • TRUTH TO POWER – Jess Phillips

FILM OF THE YEAR

  • BLUE STORY
  • BOY ERASED
  • IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
  • THE LAST TREE
  • LITTLE WOMEN
  • QUEEN & SLIM

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR

  • DAVID HAREWOOD: PSYCHOSIS AND ME – BBC2
  • FOR SAMA – Channel 4
  • GARETH THOMAS: HIV AND ME – BBC1
  • HOMECOMING – Netflix
  • ICE ON FIRE – Netflix
  • JESY NELSON: ODD ONE OUT – BBC Three

TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

  • MAN LIKE MOBEEN – BBC3
  • ROSS KEMP LIVING WITH… – ITV
  • RUPAUL’S DRAGRACE UK – BBC3
  • SEVEN WORLDS, ONE PLANET – BBC1
  • WHEN THEY SEE US – Netflix
  • YEARS AND YEARS – BBC1

SONG OF THE YEAR

  • BLACK – Dave
  • HERO – Michael Kiwanuka
  • HOPE FOR THE UNDERRATED YOUTH – Yungblud
  • JUICE – Lizzo
  • OK – Mabel
  • PEOPLE – The 1975

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • ANY HUMAN FRIEND – Marika Hackman
  • CHARLI – Chari Xcx
  • GREY AREA – Little Simz
  • HEAVY IS THE HEAD – Stormzy
  • HOODIES ALL SUMMER – Kano
  • PSYCHODRAMA – Dave

PLAY/MUSICAL OF THE YEAR

  • & JULIET – Luke Sheppard, Shaftesbury Theatre
  • COME FROM AWAY – Christopher Ashley, Phoenix Theatre
  • FAIRVIEW – Nadia Latif, Young Vic
  • LIFE OF PI – Max Webster, Sheffield Crucible
  • SIX –  Lucy Moss/Jamie Armitage, Arts Theatre
  • WIFE – Indhu Rubasingham, Kiln Theatre

INFLUENCER/JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

  • BELLA MACKIE
  • CANDICE CARTY-WILLIAMS
  • CARIAD LLOYD
  • EMMA BARNETT
  • GEORGE THE POET
  • JAMIE BARTLETT

COMMUNITY PERSON OF THE YEAR

  • CAROLINE BRYANT – Futures Theatre
  • DARREN RAYMOND – Intermission Youth Theatre
  • SIMON DEVEREUX – Access VFX
  • SULAIMAN KHAN – This Ability

MOST INSPIRING PERSON OF THE YEAR

  • JESY NELSON
  • JUNE SARPONG
  • LEWIS HAMILTON
  • PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE
  • JOHN BOYEGA
  • RUSSELL T DAVIES

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