Robert De Niro To Present Documentary Filmmaker Michael Moore With The Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award At The Third Annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

November 5, 2018 in Press

ROBERT DE NIRO TO PRESENT DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER MICHAEL MOORE
WITH THE CRITICS’ CHOICE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
AT THE THIRD ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS

JOE BERLINGER TO PRESENT DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER STANLEY NELSON
WITH THE CRITICS’ CHOICE IMPACT AWARD

GALA EVENT HOSTED BY BILL NYE
TO TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
AT BRIC IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

RASHIDA JONES, NATASHA LYONNE, MATT DILLON, AMONG OTHERS
ARE SET TO BE PRESENTERS

FREE SOLO, MINDING THE GAP AND WILD WILD COUNTRY
LEAD THE 2018 NOMINATIONS

LOS ANGELES, CA (NOVEMBER 5, 2018) – The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) have announced that Robert De Niro will present the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award to documentary filmmaker Michael Moore at the third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards.

Joe Berlinger is set to present the Critics’ Choice Impact Award to documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson.

The Lifetime Achievement and Impact Awards will be presented at a gala event, hosted by science educator and television personality Bill Nye, on Saturday, November 10, at BRIC in Brooklyn, New York.

Other presenters at the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards include Rashida Jones (Quincy), Matt Dillon, Natasha Lyonne, Ken Solomon (CEO, Tennis Channel), Steve James (America to Me), David Kellman/Bobby Shafran (Three Identical Strangers), Ryan Fox/Anjali Chadha/Dr. Serena McCalla (Science Fair), Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi/Alex Honnold (Free Solo), and Morgan Neville (Won’t You Be My Neighbor?).

Free Solo leads this year with six nominations and one honor, including Best Documentary, Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi for Best Directors, Best Sports Documentary, Most Innovative Documentary, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and a Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary honor for Alex Honnold.

Recognized with five nominations are Minding the Gap and Wild Wild Country.

The nominations for Minding the Gap are Best Documentary, Best Sports Documentary, Bing Liu for Best Director and for Best First Time Director, and Best Cinematography.

The nominations for Wild Wild Country are Best Documentary, Chapman Way and Maclain Way for Best Directors, Most Innovative Documentary, Best Cinematography, and Best Limited Documentary Series.

Recognized with four nominations are Dark MoneyHitler’s Hollywood and Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

The nominations for Dark Money are Best Documentary, Kimberly Reed for Best Director, Best Political Documentary and Best Editing.

The nominations for Hitler’s Hollywood are Best Documentary, Best Political Documentary, Rüdiger Suchsland for Best Director, and Most Innovative Documentary.

The nominations for Won’t You Be My Neighbor? are Best Documentary, Morgan Neville for Best Director, Most Innovative Documentary and Best Editing.

Three Identical Strangers received three nominations and an honor, including Best Documentary, Tim Wardle for Best Director, Best Editing and an honor for David Kellman and Bobby Shafran for Most Compelling Living Subjects of a Documentary.

For the first year, the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards has introduced the Catalyst Sponsorship, a program for industry leaders to support the event. The inaugural sponsors include Focus Features, National Geographic Documentary Films, Netflix, CNN Films, and CuriosityStream.

“We are thrilled to celebrate this year’s outstanding documentary work at the upcoming event,” said Broadcast Film Critics Association President Joey Berlin. “2018 has been called ‘The Year of the Documentary’ and we are so happy to give these films and shows the recognition and high praise that they deserve.”

The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards are determined by qualified members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA), and feature categories across both television and film. Qualified members of the BFCA and BTJA will choose the winners from amongst the nominees in voting from November 7 – November 9, 2018.

As previously announced, the nominees for the third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards are:


BEST DOCUMENTARY

Crime + Punishment – Director: Stephen Maing (Hulu)

Dark Money – Director: Kimberly Reed (PBS)

Free Solo – Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (National Geographic Documentary Films)

Hal – Director: Amy Scott (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

Hitler’s Hollywood – Director: Rüdiger Suchsland (Kino Lorber)

Minding the Gap – Director: Bing Liu (Hulu)

RBG – Directors: Julie Cohen, Betsy West (Magnolia Pictures, Participant Media)

Three Identical Strangers – Director: Tim Wardle (Neon, CNN Films)

Wild Wild Country – Directors: Chapman Way, Maclain Way (Netflix)

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – Director: Morgan Neville (Focus Features)


BEST LIMITED DOCUMENTARY SERIES

America to Me (Starz)

Dirty Money (Netflix)

Elvis Presley: The Searcher (HBO Documentary Films, Sony Pictures Television)

Flint Town (Netflix)

One Strange Rock (National Geographic)

The Fourth Estate (Showtime Networks)

The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling (HBO)

Wild Wild Country (Netflix)


BEST ONGOING DOCUMENTARY SERIES

30 for 30 (ESPN)

American Masters (PBS)

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)

Frontline (PBS)

Independent Lens (PBS)

Making a Murderer (Netflix)

POV (PBS)

The History of Comedy (CNN)


BEST DIRECTOR

Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi – Free Solo (National Geographic Documentary Films)

Bing Liu – Minding the Gap (Hulu)

Morgan Neville – Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Focus Features)

Kimberly Reed – Dark Money (PBS)

Rüdiger Suchsland – Hitler’s Hollywood (Kino Lorber)

Tim Wardle – Three Identical Strangers (Neon, CNN Films)

Chapman Way and Maclain Way – Wild Wild Country (Netflix)

 

BEST FIRST TIME DIRECTOR

Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster – Science Fair (National Geographic Documentary Films)

Heather Lenz – Kusama – Infinity (Magnolia Pictures)

Bing Liu – Minding the Gap (Hulu)

Stephen Nomura Schible – Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (MUBI)

Amy Scott – Hal (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

Rudy Valdez – The Sentence (HBO Documentary Films)

 

BEST POLITICAL DOCUMENTARY

RBG – Directors: Julie Cohen, Betsy West (Magnolia Pictures, Participant Media)

Dark Money – Director: Kimberly Reed (PBS)

Fahrenheit 11/9 – Director: Michael Moore (Briarcliff Entertainment)

Flint Town – Directors: Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper, Jessica Dimmock (Netflix)

Hitler’s Hollywood – Director: Rüdiger Suchsland (Kino Lorber)

John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls – Directors: George Kunhardt, Peter W. Kunhardt, Teddy Kunhardt (HBO)

The Fourth Estate – Directors: Liz Garbus, Jenny Carchman (Showtime Networks)

 

BEST SPORTS DOCUMENTARY

Andre the Giant – Director: Jason Hehir (HBO)

Being Serena (HBO)

Free Solo – Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (National Geographic Documentary Film)

John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection – Director: Julien Faraut (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

Minding the Gap – Director: Bing Liu (Hulu)

The Workers Cup – Director: Adam Sobel (Passion River)

 

BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY

Bad Reputation – Director: Kevin Kerslake (Magnolia Pictures)

David Bowie: The Last Five Years – Director: Francis Whately (HBO Documentary Films)

Elvis Presley: The Searcher – Director: Thom Zimny (HBO Documentary Films, Sony Pictures Television)

Lynyrd Skynyrd: If I Leave Here Tomorrow – Director: Stephen Kijak (Showtime Networks)

Quincy – Directors: Alan Hicks, Rashida Jones (Netflix)

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda – Director: Stephen Nomura Schible (MUBI)

Whitney – Director: Kevin Macdonald (Roadside Attractions, Miramax)


MOST COMPELLING LIVING SUBJECT OF A DOCUMENTARY
(ALL LISTED IN THE CATEGORY WILL BE HONORED AT THE EVENT)

Scotty Bowers – Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (Greenwich Entertainment)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg – RBG (Magnolia Pictures, Participant Media)

Alex Honnold – Free Solo (National Geographic Documentary Film)

Joan Jett – Bad Reputation (Magnolia Pictures)

Quincy Jones – Quincy (Netflix)

David Kellman and Bobby Shafran – Three Identical Strangers (Neon, CNN Films)

John McEnroe – John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

Leon Vitali – Filmworker (Kino Lorber)

 

MOST INNOVATIVE DOCUMENTARY

306 Hollywood – Directors: Elan Bogarin, Jonathan Bogarin (PBS, El Tigre)

Free Solo – Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (National Geographic Documentary Film)

Hitler’s Hollywood – Director: Rüdiger Suchsland (Kino Lorber)

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda – Director: Stephen Nomura Schible (MUBI)

Wild Wild Country – Directors: Chapman Way, Maclain Way (Netflix)

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – Director: Morgan Neville (Focus Features)

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

306 Hollywood – Cinematographers: Elan Bogarin, Jonathan Bogarin, Alejandro Mejía (PBS, El Tigre)

The Dawn Wall – Cinematographer: Brett Lowell (The Orchard)

Free Solo – Cinematographers: Jimmy Chin, Clair Popkin, Mikey Schaefer (National Geographic Documentary Films)

Minding the Gap – Cinematographer: Bing Liu (Hulu)

Pandas – Cinematographer: David Douglas (Warner Bros., IMAX)

Wild Wild Country – Cinematographer: Adam Stone (Netflix)

 

BEST EDITING

Dark Money – Editor: Jay Arthur Sterrenberg (PBS)

Filmworker – Editor: Tony Zierra (Kino Lorber)

Free Solo – Editor: Bob Eisenhardt (National Geographic Documentary Films)

John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection – Editor: Julien Faraut (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

Three Identical Strangers – Editor: Michael Harte (Neon, CNN Films)

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – Editors: Jeff Malmberg, Aaron Wickenden (Focus Features)

 

About CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS

The third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards will honor the finest achievement in documentary features and non-fiction television. The nominees are determined by two committees, made up of BFCA and BTJA members with a background and expertise in the documentary field, chaired by Jennifer Merin and Christopher Campbell. Winners will be chosen from among the nominees by a vote of qualified members of the BFCA and BTJA. The third annual awards ceremony will be produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com.

The eligibility period for the third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards runs from January 1, 2018 and includes any film or television program scheduled to premiere on or before December 31, 2018.

At last year’s second annual event, Jane took home the evening’s most prestigious award for Best Documentary before going on to win 18 national critics group awards, The National Board of Review award, and multiple guild awards. The Award for Best Sports Documentary went to Icarus. The film received many more accolades and awards following the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, including the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. And there was a tie for Best Director between Evgeny Afineevsky for Cries from Syria and Frederick Wiseman for Ex Libris: The New York Public Library.


About MICHAEL MOORE

Michael Moore was born in Flint, Michigan. He became an Eagle Scout, attended the seminary for the Catholic priesthood, and at age 18 became the youngest elected official in the country. At 22, he founded the Flint Voice, a nationally-recognized alternative newspaper. In 1989, Michael made his first film, the ground-breaking Roger and Me, which gave birth to the modern-day documentary movement. Moore went on to break the documentary box office record two more times with his 2002 Oscar-winning film, Bowling for Columbine and the Palme d’Or-winning Fahrenheit 9/11. Moore’s 2018 American political documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9, had its world premiere at The Toronto International Film Festival. Other notable films include the Oscar-nominated SickoCapitalism: A Love Story, and Where To Invade Next.  Michael won the Emmy Award for his prime-time NBC series TV Nation and is one of America’s top-selling nonfiction authors, with such books as Stupid White Men and Dude, Where’s My Country? and Here Comes Trouble. Michael lives in Traverse City, Michigan, where he founded the Traverse City Film Festival and two art house movie palaces, the State Theatre and the Bijou by the Bay. He has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.


About STANLEY NELSON

Stanley Nelson is one of the foremost chroniclers of the African American experience working in nonfiction film today. His films, many of which have aired on PBS, combine compelling narratives with rich and deeply researched historical detail, shining new light on both familiar and under-explored aspects of the American past. Nelson, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, has received numerous honors over the course of his career, including five Primetime Emmy Awards and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Emmys, the Peabodys, and IDA; as well as Honorary Degrees from Duke University and Marymount Manhattan College. In 2013, Nelson received the National Medal in the Humanities from President Barack Obama. His latest film, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, examines the impact HBCUs have had on American history, culture, and national identity. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017, and aired nationally on the acclaimed PBS series, Independent Lens in early 2018.

In 2000, Mr. Nelson, along with his wife, Marcia A. Smith, founded Firelight Media, a non-profit production company dedicated to using historical film to advance contemporary social justice causes, and to mentoring, inspiring and training a new generation of diverse filmmakers committed to advancing underrepresented stories.


About BILL NYE

Bill Nye is a science educator, mechanical engineer, New York Times bestselling author, and host of the Emmy-nominated Bill Nye Saves the World on Netflix. In his role as the creator and host of the 18-time Emmy-award winning Bill Nye the Science Guy, Nye helped introduce the millennial generation to science and engineering in an entertaining and accessible manner, fostering an understanding and appreciation for the science that makes our world work. Today, Nye is a respected champion of scientific literacy, who has challenged opponents of evidence based education and policy on climate change, evolution, and critical thinking.  He currently serves as CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s largest and most influential non-governmental space organization, co-founded by Carl Sagan. He has authored three New York Times bestselling books – Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation (2015), Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World (2016), and Everything All At Once: How to Unleash Your Inner Nerd, Tap into Radical Curiosity and Solve Any Problem (2017) and also co-authored the middle-grade reader series Jack and the GeniusesNye is the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary Bill Nye: Science Guy which premiered at SXSW 2017 and aired on PBS Spring 2018.


About CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

The Critics’ Choice Awards are bestowed annually by the BFCA and BTJA to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics’ organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio and online critics. BFCA members are the primary source of information for today’s film-going public. BTJA is the collective voice of journalists who regularly cover television for TV viewers, radio listeners and online audiences. Historically, the Critics’ Choice Awards are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.

The CW will partner with the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) as the exclusive home to The 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. Accolades for the finest achievements in both movies and television will be presented as part of a three-hour ceremony on The CW on Sunday, January 13, 2019. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com


About BFCA/BTJA

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio and online critics. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) is a partner organization to the BFCA and includes TV, radio and Internet journalists who cover television on a regular basis. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com

 

About CURIOSITYSTREAM

Launched by Discovery Communications founder and media visionary John Hendricks, CuriosityStream is the award-winning global streaming and on demand destination that ignites the world’s curiosity. Immersive experiences showcase world-class filmmakers, stunning visuals, and unrivaled storytelling with the best in science, nature, history, technology, society, and lifestyle documentary features and series. With over 1,800 binge-worthy titles, including exclusive originals, many in Ultra HD 4K, CuriosityStream is available to watch on most devices and platforms worldwide.


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