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NEW YORK --- HBO and NBC led the pack at the 66th annual Peabody Awards ceremony Monday, HBO with five nods and NBC with four.

NBC, as host and employee Bob Costas noted, won more Peabodys this year than any broadcast network in over a decade. The peacock was recognized for series The Office, Scrubs and Friday Night Lights and a Dateline NBC segment which followed a middle-school teacher in Atlanta.

HBO won awards for its film Elizabeth I and documentaries Baghdad ER, Billie Jean King: Portrait of a Pioneer, The Music in Me and When the Levee Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, Spike Lee's film about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

Lee provided an emotional moment as he accepted his award.

"People still catch hell in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast," he said. "They're still up the creek with no paddle, abandoned by local, state and federal governments. We can't forget them."

ABC also had a strong showing, winning three awards. The network was honored for Ugly Betty, a special report titled "Out of Control: AIDS in Black America" and Brian Ross' ABC News investigative report on Representative Mark Foley and his inappropriate instant messaging with young male pages.

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