Monday, 10 October 2016


Well, well, well! Who'd have expected this? The 2016-17 awards season kicks off extra early this year, as the Broadcast Film Critics Association announces its nominees for its first ever Critics' Choice Documentary Awards. Previously, the BFCA had simply handed out one award for Best Documentary at their annual movie awards ceremony; like any organization desperate to remain relevant, several significant changes have been made to the Critics' Choice awards in recent years, mainly of questionable character, but this new development is a promising one. That's one fewer award to chuck out during the commercial breaks on their hopeless televized awards ceremony, and several more awards for documentary filmmaking, ever underappreciated by audiences. As a further sign of the blurring of the lines between film and TV, these awards feature projects from both media. Award winners will be declared at a ceremony on the 3rd of November. Check it all out below:

Best Documentary Feature
Fire at Sea
Life, Animated
O.J.: Made in America
The Witness

Best Direction of a Documentary Feature
Ezra Edelman (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 Song in a Documentary Feature
Tori Amos - 'Flicker' (Audrie & Daisy)
Common, Karriem Riggins and Robert Glasper - 'Letters to the Free' (13th)
Sharon Jones - 'I'm Still Here' (Miss Sharon Jones!)
Mike McCready - 'Hoping and Healing' (Gleason)
J. Ralph and Sting - 'The Empty Chair' (Jim: The James Foley Story)
Sia - 'Angel by the Wings' (The Eagle Huntress)

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)
Wang Nan Fu (Hooligan Sparrow)

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

Best Political Documentary
Audrie & Daisy
O.J.: Made in America
Zero Days

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

Most Innovative Documentary
Kate Plays Christine
Life, Animated
Under the Sun

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

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

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

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)