Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

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WON’T YOU BE BY NEIGHBOR? NAMED BEST DOCUMENTARY
AT THIRD ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS

MORGAN NEVILLE WINS BEST DIRECTOR

FREE SOLO TAKES HOME THREE AWARDS

(Brooklyn, NY – November 10, 2018) – The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced the winners of the third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards tonight at a gala event, hosted by Bill Nye at BRIC in Brooklyn.

“As the documentary world is exploding with great works, we are thrilled to shine a light on the best of the best,” said BFCA President Joey Berlin. “In The Year of the Documentary this was a very special night celebrating the giants in our business and some amazing newcomers.”

During the awards show, filmmaker Michael Moore was honored with the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Robert De Niro. Renowned documentarian Stanley Nelson was honored with the Critics’ Choice Impact Award, presented by Joe Berlinger, who received the same honor last year.

Presenters and attendees at the gala event included Rashida Jones, Pamela Adlon, Matt Dillon, Natasha Lyonne, Steve James, D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus, Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, Bing Liu, and Morgan Neville.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? took home the evening’s most prestigious award for Best Documentary as well as Best Director for Morgan Neville and the award for Best Editing.

Free Solo took home the award for Best Sports Documentary, the award for Best Innovative Documentary and was honored for Best Cinematography.

The award for Best Limited Documentary Series went to The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling.

The Best Ongoing Documentary Series award went to Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

The Best Political Documentary winner was RBG.

Quincy took home the award for Best Music Documentary.

There was a tie for Best First Time Director between Bing Liu for Minding the Gap and Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster for Science Fair.

Host Bill Nye lead the celebration of this year’s honorees for Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary  — Scotty Bowers (Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG), Alex Honnold (Free Solo), Joan Jett (Bad Reputation), Quincy Jones (Quincy), David Kellman and Bobby Shafran (Three Identical Strangers), John McEnroe (John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection) and Leon Vitali (Filmworker).

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

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 multiple categories across both television and film.

About CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS
The third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards 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 are chosen from among the nominees by a vote of qualified members of the BFCA and BTJA. The third annual awards ceremony is 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.

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

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WINNERS OF THE THIRD ANNUAL
CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS

Best Documentary: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Best Limited Documentary Series: The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling

Best Ongoing Documentary Series: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Best Director: Morgan Neville for Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Best First Time Director: TIE: Bing Liu for Minding the Gap, and Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster for Science Fair

Best Political Documentary: RBG

Best Sports Documentary: Free Solo

Best Music Documentary: Quincy

Most Innovative Documentary: Free Solo

Best Cinematography: Free Solo

Best Editing: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

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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 Money, Hitler’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 Sicko, Capitalism: 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 Geniuses. Nye 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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THIRD ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS
NOMINATIONS UNVEILED

FREE SOLO, MINDING THE GAP AND WILD WILD
COUNTRY

LEAD THE 2018 NOMINATIONS

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

DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER
STANLEY NELSON TO RECEIVE
CRITICS’ CHOICE IMPACT AWARD

DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER
MICHAEL MOORE TO RECEIVE
CRITICS’ CHOICE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

 

LOS ANGELES, CA (OCTOBER 15, 2018) – The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) have announced the nominees for the third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards. The winners will be presented their awards at a gala event, hosted by science educator and television personality Bill Nye, on Saturday, November 10 at BRIC in Brooklyn, New York.

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.

At the gala ceremony, filmmaker Stanley Nelson will be presented with the Critics’ Choice Impact Award.

As previously announced, multi award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore will be honored with the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award.

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, Curiosity Stream, and others.

“We are thrilled to celebrate this year’s outstanding documentary work at the upcoming event,” said Broadcast Film Critics Association President Joey Berlin. “The year 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 Awards are determined by qualified members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA), and feature multiple categories across both television and film. Qualified members of BFCA and BTJA will choose the winners from amongst the nominees in voting from November 7 – November 9, 2018.

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 Film)
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 Film)
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


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THE THIRD ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS
TO RETURN ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2018
AT BRIC IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER MICHAEL MOORE TO RECEIVE
CRITICS’ CHOICE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT GALA EVENT

SCIENCE EDUCATOR AND TELEVISION PERSONALITY BILL NYE
TO HOST CEREMONY

 

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 3, 2018) The third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, honoring the finest achievements in documentary features and non-fiction television, will be presented on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at BRIC in Brooklyn, New York, hosted by Emmy Award-winning television host Bill Nye.

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) have named Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore as the recipient of the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award. Moore’s latest, Fahrenheit 11/9, is one of the year’s top grossing documentaries of the year.

Broadcast Film Critics Association president Joey Berlin notes, “2018 has been hailed as ‘The Year of the Documentary’ and we are extremely proud to highlight the outstanding achievements in the Feature Documentary and TV/Streaming fields and give these creative filmmakers the proper recognition they deserve.”

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

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.

The awards are determined by qualified members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA), and feature multiple categories across both television and film including:

Best Documentary
Best Director
Best First Documentary
Best Limited Documentary Series
Best Ongoing Documentary Series
Best Sports Documentary
Best Political Documentary
Best Music Documentary
Best Song in a Documentary
Most Innovative Documentary
Best Compelling Living Subject in a Documentary
Best Cinematography
Best Editing

The nominees, selected by a committee of BFCA and BTJA members with a background and expertise in the documentary field, will be revealed on Monday, October 15, 2018, with the winners announced at the awards gala on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at BRIC in Brooklyn, New York.

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 awards 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. The third annual awards ceremony will be produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com.

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 boxoffice 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 Sicko, Capitalism: 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 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 Geniuses. Nye 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

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JANE NAMED BEST DOCUMENTARY
AT SECOND ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS

cca_logo(Brooklyn, NY – November 2, 2017) – The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced the winners of the second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards tonight at a gala event, hosted by Penn Jillette at BRIC in Brooklyn.

“We are so happy to be able to celebrate the supremely talented, leading voices in this golden age of documentary filmmaking and nonfiction television,” said BFCA President Joey Berlin. “It was another great night in Brooklyn in support of many of the most underappreciated artists in our business.”

During this year’s celebration, filmmaker Joe Berlinger was honored with the Critics’ Choice Impact Award and filmmaker Errol Morris was awarded the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award.

Presenters and attendees at the gala event included Clive Davis, Damien Echols, Gilbert Gottfried, Colin Hanks, Dolores Huerta, Barbara Kopple, Lawrence O’Donnell, Linda Perry, Kathryn Schulz, Fisher Stevens, Hannah Storm, and Diane Warren.

Jane took home the evening’s most prestigious award for Best Documentary.

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.

The award for Best First Documentary went to Kedi.

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail won for Best Political Documentary.

The Award for Best Sports Documentary went to Icarus.

Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives took home took home Best Music
Documentary.

There was a tie for Most Innovative Documentary between Dawson City: Frozen Time and Last Men in Aleppo.

The Best Song in a Documentary winner was “Jump” from Step , written by Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson and Laura Karpman , performed by Cynthia Erivo.

Best Documentary Series winner was The Vietnam War.

American Masters won the award for Best Ongoing Documentary Series.

Host Penn Jillette lead the celebrations for this year’s Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary honorees — The Cats of Istanbul (Kedi), Etty Ausch (One of Us), Al Gore (An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power), Laird Hamilton (Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton), Dolores Huerta (Dolores), Gigi Lazzarato (This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous), The Sung Family (Abacus: Small Enough to Jail).

The second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards honor the finest achievement in documentary features and nonfiction television. The awards were determined by BFCA and BTJA members with expertise in the documentary field.
The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards was produced by Bob Bain Productions.

About BFCA/BTJA
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organiz`ation 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

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WINNERS OF THE SECOND ANNUAL
CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS

Best Documentary – Jane

Best Director (TIE) – Evgeny Afineevsky (Cries from Syria) and Frederick Wiseman (Ex Libris: The New York Public Library)

Best First Documentary – Kedi

Best Political Documentary – Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Best Sports Documentary – Icarus

Best Music Documentary – Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives

Best Song in a Documentary – “Jump” (Step) – written by Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson and Laura Karpman, performed by Cynthia Erivo

Best Documentary Series – The Vietnam War

Best Ongoing Documentary Series – American Masters

Most Innovative Documentary (TIE) – Dawson City: Frozen Time and Last Men in Aleppo

 


SECOND ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY
AWARDS NOMINATIONS UNVEILED

Gala Event to take place on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at BRIC in Brooklyn
Penn Jillette to Host for Second Year in a Row

cca_logoLOS ANGELES, CA (OCTOBER 9, 2017) – The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) have announced the nominees for the second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards. The winners will be presented their awards at a gala event on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at BRIC in Brooklyn, New York.

Kedi leads the nominations this year with four nominations and one honor, including Best Documentary, Best First Documentary, Most Innovative Documentary, Ceyda Torun for Best Director and the Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary honor for The Cats of Istanbul.

Films that are recognized with three nominations are California Typewriter, Chasing Coral, City of Ghosts, Cries From Syria and Dawson City: Frozen Time.

The nominations for California Typewriter are Best Documentary, Best First Documentary and Doug Nichol for Best Director.

The nominations for Chasing Coral are Best Documentary, Jeff Orlowski for Best Director and Best Song in a Documentary.

The nominations for City of Ghosts are Best Documentary, Best Political Documentary and Matthew Heineman for Best Director.

The nominations for Cries From Syria Best Documentary, Evgeny Afineevsky for Best Director and Best Song in a Documentary.

The nominations for Dawson City: Frozen Time are Best Documentary, Most Innovative Documentary and Bill Morrison for Best Director.

The films that are recognized with two nominations and an honor are Abacus: Small Enough to Jail and An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

The nominations for Abacus: Small Enough to Jail are Best Documentary and Best Political Documentary with an honor for Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary for The Sung Family.

The nominations for An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power are Best Political Documentary and Best Song in a Documentary with an honor for the Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary for Al Gore.

At the gala event, Academy Award and seven-time Emmy nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger will also be awarded the Critics’ Choice Impact Award.

Berlinger’s films include Brother’s Keeper, the Paradise Lost Trilogy, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Crude and Under African Skies. Berlinger’s most recent film, Intent to Destroy, pulls back the curtain on mass murder censorship in Hollywood due to U.S. government pressure to appease a strategic ally. Intent to Destroy uses a historic feature film production as a springboard to explore the violent history of the Armenian Genocide and legacy of Turkish suppression and denial over the past century. Last summer Netflix released Berlinger’s Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru, a vérité film that goes behind the scenes of the mega once-a-year seminar “Date With Destiny.” Killing Richard Glossip, Berlinger’s series for Investigation Discovery that premiered this April, tells the haunting story of a former motel manager sentenced to die for orchestrating a murder that he swears he had nothing to do with. Berlinger’s new eight-part docuseries for Spike TV premiered this summer. Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio, focuses on the deaths and disappearances of six young women in southern Ohio, and a system that failed to protect them. Premiering on SundanceTV in November is Berlinger’s four-part true crime documentary series Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders, a reexamination of the crime chronicled in Truman Capote’s landmark book and the Oscar-nominated film. Berlinger will also be shooting later this year the feature film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, starring Zac Efron.

“The inaugural event last year was such a fantastic night, we cannot wait to celebrate the leading lights in the doc world at our second annual event,” said Broadcast Film Critics Association President Joey Berlin. “This is a golden age for documentary filmmaking and nonfiction television and we’re proud to help audiences find the best of the best.”

There is a change in the awards categories this year, explained by David Freedman, Chairperson, Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominating Committees. “As our industry continues to grow and change, the nominating committees of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association came to the decision together that we needed our categories to better reflect the current way documentaries are released as well as how the audience consumes content. Therefore, the BEST DOCUMENTARY category, which last year was separated into Theatrical Releases and TV/Streaming releases, has been merged into a single category, and the same is also true for the BEST DIRECTOR and BEST FIRST DOCUMENTARY categories.”

The nominees for the second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards are:

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail – Director: Steve James (Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, Kartemquin Educational Films and WGBH/FRONTLINE)
Beware the Slenderman – Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky (HBO, Warner Bros. Television Distribution / HBO Documentary Films, Vermilion Films)
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds – Directors: Alexis Bloom, Fisher Stevens (HBO / Bloomfish Pictures, HBO Documentary Films, Insurgent Docs, RatPac Documentary Films)
California Typewriter – Director: Doug Nichol (Gravitas Ventures / American Buffalo Pictures)
Chasing Coral – Director: Jeff Orlowski (Netflix / Exposure Labs)
City of Ghosts – Director: Matthew Heineman (Amazon Studios, A&E IndieFilms, IFC Films / Our Time Projects)
Cries From Syria – Director: Evgeny Afineevsky (HBO / Afineevsky – Tolmor Production, Cinepost Barrandov, Levy Entertainment Group, Studio Malibu)
Dawson City: Frozen Time – Director: Bill Morrison (Kino Lorber / Hypnotic Pictures, Picture Palace Pictures)
Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis – Director: Colin Hanks (HBO / Live Nation Productions, Company Name)
Ex Libris: The New York Public Library – Director: Frederick Wiseman (Zipporah Films)
Faces Places – Directors: Agnès Varda & JR (Cohen Media Group / Ciné Tamaris, Social Animals, Rouge International, Arte France Cinéma, Arches Films)
Jane – Director: Brett Morgen (National Geographic Documentary Films / National Geographic Studios, Public Road Productions)
Kedi – Director: Ceyda Torun (Oscilloscope Laboratories, YouTube Red / Termite Films)
One of Us – Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady (Netflix / Loki Films)
Spettacolo – Directors: Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen (Grasshopper Film / Open Face)
Strong Island – Director: Yance Ford (Netflix / Yanceville Films, Louverture Films)

BEST DIRECTOR
Evgeny Afineevsky – Cries from Syria (HBO / Afineevsky – Tolmor Production, Cinepost Barrandov, Levy Entertainment Group, Studio Malibu)
Amir Bar-Lev – Long Strange Trip (Amazon / Amazon Studios, Double E Pictures, Sikelia Productions, AOMA Sunshine Films)
Matthew Heineman – City of Ghosts (Amazon Studios, A&E IndieFilms, IFC Films / Our Time Projects)
Bill Morrison – Dawson City: Frozen Time (Kino Lorber / Hypnotic Pictures, Picture Palace Pictures)
Doug Nichol – California Typewriter (Gravitas Ventures / American Buffalo Pictures)
Jeff Orlowski – Chasing Coral (Netflix / Exposure Labs)
Irene Taylor Brodsky – Beware the Slenderman (HBO, Warner Bros. Television Distribution / HBO Documentary Films, Vermilion Films)
Ceyda Torun – Kedi (Oscilloscope Laboratories, YouTube Red / Termite Films)
Agnès Varda & JR – Faces Places (Cohen Media Group / Ciné Tamaris, Social Animals, Rouge International, Arte France Cinéma, Arches Films)
Frederick Wiseman – Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (Zipporah Films)

BEST FIRST DOCUMENTARY
California Typewriter – Director: Doug Nichol (Gravitas Ventures / American Buffalo Pictures)
Kedi – Director: Ceyda Torun (Oscilloscope Laboratories, YouTube Red / Termite Films)
Nowhere to Hide – Director: Zaradasht Ahmed (East Village Entertainment / Ten Thousand Images)
Step – Director: Amanda Lipitz (Fox Searchlight / Impact Partners, Stick Figure Productions)
Strong Island – Director: Yance Ford (Netflix / Yanceville Films, Louverture Films)
Whose Streets? – Director: Sabaah Folayan, Co-Director: Damon Davis (Magnolia Pictures)

BEST POLITICAL DOCUMENTARY
11/8/16 – Directors: Duane Andersen, Don Argott & Sheena M. Joyce, Yung Chang, Garth Donovan, Petra Epperlein & Michael Tucker, Vikram Gandhi, Raul Gasteazoro, Jamie Goncalves, Andrew Beck Grace, Alma Har’el, Daniel Junge, Alison Klayman, Ciara Lacy, Martha Shane, Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Bassam Tariq (The Orchard / Cinetic Media)
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail – Director: Steve James (PBS / Blue Ice Films, Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, Kartemquin Films Production)
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power – Directors: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk (Paramount / Actual Films, Participant Media)
City of Ghosts – Director: Matthew Heineman (Amazon Studios, A&E IndieFilms, IFC Films / Our Time Projects)
Dolores – Director: Peter Bratt (PBS Distribution / 5 Stick Films)
The Reagan Show – Directors: Sierra Pettengill, Pacho Velez (Gravitas Ventures, CNN Films)

BEST SPORTS DOCUMENTARY
AlphaGo – Director: Greg Kohs (Submarine Entertainment / Moxie Pictures, Reel As Dirt)
Disgraced – Director: Pat Kondelis (Showtime Networks / Bat Bridge Entertainment)
Icarus – Director: Bryan Fogel (Netflix / Alex Productions, Diamond Docs, Impact Partners)
Speed Sisters – Director: Amber Fares (First Run Features / SocDoc Studios)
Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton – Director: Rory Kennedy (Sundance Selects / Moxie Firecracker Films)
Trophy – Directors: Christina Clusiau, Shaul Schwarz (CNN Films, The Orchard / Candescent Films, Pulse Films, Reel Peak Films)

BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY
Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of our Lives – Director: Chris Perkel (Apple Music / IM Global, Scott Free Productions)
Contemporary Color – Directors: Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross (Oscilloscope / The Department of Motion Pictures, Public Domain, Todo Mundo)
Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis – Director: Colin Hanks (HBO / Live Nation Productions, Company Name)
I Called Him Morgan – Director: Kasper Collin (FilmRise, Submarine Entertainment / Kasper Collin Produktion, Sveriges Television, Film i Väst)
Long Strange Trip – Director: Amir Bar-Lev (Amazon / Amazon Studios, Double E Pictures, Sikelia Productions, AOMA Sunshine Films)
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World – Director: Catherine Bainbridge, Co-Director: Alfonso Maiorana (Kino Lorber / ARTE G.E.I.E, Rezolution Pictures)

MOST COMPELLING LIVING SUBJECT OF A DOCUMENTARY
The Cats of Istanbul – Kedi (Oscilloscope Laboratories, YouTube Red / Termite Films)
Etty – One of Us (Netflix / Loki Films)
Al Gore – An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (Paramount / Actual Films, Participant Media)
Laird Hamilton – Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton (Sundance Selects / Moxie Firecracker Films)
Dolores Huerta – Dolores (PBS / 5 Stick Films)
Gigi Lazzarato – This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous (YouTube Red / SelectNext, Cabin Creek Films)
The Sung Family – Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, Kartemquin Educational Films and WGBH/FRONTLINE)

MOST INNOVATIVE DOCUMENTARY
78/52 – Director: Alexandre O. Philippe (IFC Midnight / ARTE, Exhibit A Pictures, Milkhaus, Screen Division, Sensorshot Productions)
Casting JonBenet – Director: Kitty Green (Netflix / Forensic Films, Symbolic Exchange, Meridian Entertainment)
Dawson City: Frozen Time – Director: Bill Morrison (Kino Lorber / Hypnotic Pictures, Picture Palace Pictures)
Karl Marx City – Directors: Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker (Bond/360 / Pepper & Bones)
Kedi – Director: Ceyda Torun (Oscilloscope Laboratories, YouTube Red / Termite Films)
Last Men in Aleppo – Director: Feras Fayyad (Grasshopper Film / Aleppo Media Center, Larm Film)

BEST SONG IN A DOCUMENTARY
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power – “Truth to Power” – Written by Ryan Tedder and T Bone Burnett – Performed by OneRepublic (Paramount / Actual Films, Participant Media)
Chasing Coral – “Tell Me How Long” – Written by Dan Romer and Teddy Geiger – Performed by Kristen Bell (Netflix / Exposure Labs)
Cries From Syria – “Prayers for This World” – Written by Diane Warren – Performed by Cher with The West Los Angeles Children’s Choir (HBO / Afineevsky – Tolmor Production, Cinepost Barrandov, Levy Entertainment Group, Studio Malibu)
Dina – “Best I Can” – Written by Michael Cera – Performed by Michael Cera featuring Sharon Van Etten (The Orchard / Cinereach, El Peligro, Killer Films)
Served Like a Girl – “Dancing Through the Wreckage” – Written by Linda Perry, Neil Giraldo, and Pat Benatar – Performed by Pat Benatar (Entertainment Studios, Freestyle Digital Media)
Step – “Jump” – Written by Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson, and Laura Karpman – Performed by Cynthia Erivo (Fox Searchlight / Impact Partners, Stick Figure Productions)

BEST LIMITED DOCUMENTARY SERIES (TV/STREAMING)
The Defiant Ones (HBO)
Five Came Back (Netflix / Amblin Television, IACF Productions, Netflix, Passion Pictures, Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment)
The Keepers (Netflix / Film 45, Tripod Media)
The Nineties (CNN / CNN, Playtone, Herzog & Company)
Planet Earth II (BBC America, AMC, SundanceTV / BBC Natural History Unit, BBC America, ZDF, Tencent, France Télévisions)
The Vietnam War (PBS / Florentine Films, WETA-TV Washington)

BEST ONGOING DOCUMENTARY SERIES (TV/STREAMING)
30 for 30 (ESPN / ESPN Films)
American Masters (PBS / WNET New York City)
Frontline (PBS / WGBH-TV Boston)
Independent Lens (PBS / Independent Television Service, Inc.)
POV (PBS / American Documentary, Inc.)
VICE (HBO / VICE Media)

Qualified members of BFCA and BTJA will choose the winners from amongst the nominees in voting October 30 – October 31.

The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards will be produced by Bob Bain Productions.

For tickets and table sales, please contact:
Julie Anderson, Program Coordinator
310.422.7573
julie.anderson12022@gmail.com

For sponsorship, please contact:
Gary Mezzatesta
818.526.0111
gmezzatesta@upp.net

For media accreditation, please contact:
Laura Danford Mandel
917.848.1460
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For BFCA, BTJA and CCDA Nominating Committee member tickets, please contact:
Dera Freund
310.860.2665
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About CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS
The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards are presented in concert with the 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 almost 100 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 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards gala will be held on December 10, 2017 in Santa Monica, California.

About CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS
The second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards will honor the finest achievement in documentary features and non-fiction television. The awards are determined by a committee of BFCA and BTJA members with a background and expertise in the documentary field. The second annual awards ceremony will take place November 2, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York.
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

 


THE SECOND ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS
ANNOUNCES RETURN THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017 AT BRIC IN BROOKLYN

Penn Jillette Will Host for Second Year in a Row
Nominations to be Announced on Monday, October 9, 2017

cca_logoLOS ANGELES, CA (October 3, 2017) The second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, honoring the finest achievements in documentary features and non-fiction television, will be presented Thursday, November 2, 2017 at BRIC in Brooklyn, New York, hosted by magician/illusionist, comedian, actor and best-selling author Penn Jillette.

At last year’s inaugural event, Ezra Edelman’s OJ: Made in America took home the most awards for the evening, including Best Documentary (Theatrical Feature). The film received many more accolades and awards following the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, including the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Ava DuVernay’s 13th won three awards, including Best Documentary (TV/Streaming). This film won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special and received a nomination for an Academy Award.

The awards are determined by qualified members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA), and feature multiple categories across both television and film. Nominations will be announced on Monday, October 9, 2017. Categories
include:

Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Director of a Documentary
Best First Documentary Feature
Best Music Documentary
Best Sports Documentary
Best Political Documentary
Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary
Best Limited Documentary Series for Television/Streaming
Best Ongoing Documentary Series for Television/Streaming
Best Song in a Documentary
Most Innovative Documentary

Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association president Joey Berlin said, “We were thrilled by the success of the inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards last November. Two different filmmakers told me at last year’s show that just being nominated for a CCDA helped them add distribution platforms for their docs. We created these awards to shine a light on the best documentary films and non-fiction television shows and those conversations confirmed the value and importance of the stand-alone documentary awards show.”

The nominees, selected by a committee of BFCA and BTJA members with a background and expertise in the documentary field, will be revealed on Monday, October 9, 2017, with the winners announced at an awards gala on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at BRIC in Brooklyn, New York.

The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards will be produced by Bob Bain Productions.

For tickets and table sales, please contact:
Julie Anderson, Program Coordinator
310.422.7573
julie.anderson12022@gmail.com

For BFCA, BTJA and CCDA Nominating Committee member tickets, please contact:
Dera Freund
818.472.6903
dera.freund@live.com

For sponsorship, please contact:
Gary Mezzatesta
818.526.0111
gmezzatesta@upp.net

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 almost 100 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 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards gala will be held on December 10, 2017, in Santa Monica, California.

LDM | PR
Media Contact: Laura Danford Mandel
917.848.1460
laura@ldmpr.com

 

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