Critics Choice Announces Documentary Awards

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The Critics Choice Awards put out their first ever documentary nominations.They used nominating committees to watch, review and then nominate their favorites.

They divided them into two categories, Streaming and Theatrical. It’s a little tricky because some nominees were both streaming and shown in theaters. They may need to change the qualifying categories in the future.

The nominees are:

Best Documentary Feature
13th
30 For 30: O.J.: Made in America
Cameraperson
Fire at Sea
Gleason
Life, Animated
Tickled
Tower
Weiner
The Witness

Best Direction of a Documentary Feature
Ezra Edelman – 30 For 30: O.J.: Made in America
Ron Howard – The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years
Kirsten Johnson – Cameraperson
Keith Maitland – Tower
Clay Tweel – Gleason
Roger Ross Williams – Life, Animated

Best First Documentary Feature
Otto Bell – The Eagle Huntress
David Farrier and Dylan Reeve – Tickled
Adam Irving – Off the Rails
Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg – Weiner
James D. Solomon – The Witness
Nanfu Wang – Hooligan Sparrow

BEST Political Documentary
13th
30 For 30: O.J.: Made in America
Audrie & Daisy
Newtown
Weiner
Zero Days

Best Documentary Feature TV/Streaming
13th
30 For 30: Fantastic Lies
Amanda Knox
Audrie & Daisy
Before the Flood
Holy Hell
Into the Inferno
Jim: The James Foley Story
Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures
Rats

Best Director TV/Streaming
Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato – Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures
Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn – Amanda Knox
Ava DuVernay – 13th
Werner Herzog – Into the Inferno
Morgan Spurlock – Rats
Fisher Stevens – Before the Flood

Best First Feature TV/Streaming
Everything is Copy – Jacob Bernstein and Nick Hooker
Holy Hell – Will Allen
Mavis! – Jessica Edwards
My Beautiful Broken Brain – Sophie Robinson and Lotje Sodderland
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four – Deborah Esquenazi
Team Foxcatcher – Jon Greenhalgh

Best Limited Documentary Series
30 For 30: O.J.: Made in America
The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth
The Eighties
The Hunt
Jackie Robinson
Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music

Best Ongoing Documentary Series
30 for 30
Frontline
Last Chance U
Morgan Spurlock Inside Man
POV
This Is Life with Lisa Ling

Best Song in a Documentary
Angel by the Wings – The Eagle Huntress – Sia
The Empty Chair– Jim: The James Foley Story
Flicker – Audrie & Daisy – Tori Amos
Hoping and Healing – Gleason – Mike McCready
I’m Still Here – Miss Sharon Jones! – Sharon Jones
Letters to the Free– 13th – Common, Karriem Riggins and Robert Glasper

Best Sports Documentary
30 For 30: Fantastic Lies
30 For 30: O.J.: Made in America
Dark Horse
The Eagle Huntress
Gleason
Jackie Robinson
Keepers of the Game

Best Music Documentary
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years
Gimme Danger
Miss Sharon Jones!
The Music of Strangers
Presenting Princess Shaw
We Are X

Most Innovative Documentary
Cameraperson
Kate Plays Christine
Life, Animated
Nuts
Tower
Under The Sun

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