A Chorus of Acclaim for Melody
An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win Earns Accolades from Several Prestigious Award Programs
An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win debuted on October 21, 2016 on Amazon Prime Video, the first of American Girl's four live-action Amazon Original Specials. Since its premiere, the special has received stellar reviews and praise, garnering top honors for its poignant story of 10-year-old Melody’s growing awareness of and experience with racial inequality and injustice during the civil rights movement. Notable among these honors:
- 2017 NAACP Image Award for Best Children’s Program
- 2017 Humanitas Prize for Best Children’s Live Action
- 2017 Parents’ Choice Gold Award
- 2016 Director’s Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs
Starring Marsai Martin in the title role, An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win resonates with audiences both for its historical value and its timeliness, taking up the themes of equality, justice, family, and community that continue to be relevant and important in our current conversations about race and national identity.
The special, honest and direct in its treatment of the era and its events, reveals the complex ways love and hope must exist alongside devastating situations. As Melody’s mother Frances reminds her, “Fear brings out the worst in us, but love brings out the best.” It is a message, and a special, we are proud to share.