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‘Amy,’ ‘Listen to Me Marlon’ Among IDA Documentary Awards Nominees

Comedian Tig Notaro will host the 31st annual ceremony on Dec. 5.

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has announced nominations and creative recognition awards for the 31st annual IDA Documentary Awards to be held on Dec. 5.

The best feature nominees are: Asif Kapadia’s “Amy,” an emotional study of life of singer Amy Winehouse, “Amy”; “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution,” Stanley Nelson’s account of the rise and fall of the Black Panther party; Stevan Riley’s “Listen to Me Marlon,” which uses hundreds of hours of Marlon Brando’s personal audio recordings to paint a portrait of the legend; Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Look of Silence,” another sober look back at the Indonesian anti-communist purge of 1965 and 1966; Chad Garcia’s “The Russian Woodpecker,” about the investigation into the 1986 Chernobyl disaster; and Liz Garbus’ “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” a portrait of singer Nina Simone.

“The Russian Woodpecker” won cinematography honors while “Listen to Me Marlon” was recognized for its writing.

In the shorts category, films from the Academy’s recently-revealed shortlist of Oscar contenders include “Body Team 12,” “Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah” and “Last Day of Freedom.”

In addition, the IDA announced that comedian Tig Notaro will emcee this year’s festivities, which will be held at the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles. Notaro is the subject of Netflix’s original documentary “Tig.”

Full list of nominees and announced winners below:

Best Feature Award

“Amy”
Director: Asif Kapadia
Producer: James Gay-Rees
A24

“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution”
Director: Stanley Nelson
Producer: Laurens Grant
PBS Distribution

“Listen to Me Marlon”
Director: Stevan Riley
Producer: John Battsek
Showtime Documentary Films

The Look of Silence
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Producer: Signe Byrge Sørensen
Drafthouse Films and Participant Media

“The Russian Woodpecker”
Director: Chad Gracia
Producer: Mike Lerner
FilmBuff

“What Happened, Miss Simone?”
Director: Liz Garbus
Netflix

Best Short Award

“Body Team 12”
Director: David Darg
Producer: Bryn Mooser
RYOT Films and Vulcan Productions

“Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah”
Director: Adam Benzine
HBO

“The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul”
Director: Kitty Green
Producer: Philippa Campey
KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg (Germany)

“Last Day of Freedom”
Directors: Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

“Object”
Director: Paulina Skibińska
Munk Studio and Polish Filmmakers Association

Pare Lorentz Award
“How to Change the World”
Director: Jerry Rothwell

CREATIVE RECOGNITION AWARDS

Best Cinematography
“The Russian Woodpecker” (Artem Ryzhykov)

Best Editing
“Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (Joe Beshenkovsky and Brett Morgen)

Best Writing
“Listen to Me Marlon” (Stevan Riley, Peter Ettedgui)

Best Music
“Best of Enemies” (Jonathan Kirkscey)

ABC News VideoSource Award

“(T)ERROR”
Directors: Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe
PBS, BBC

“Best of Enemies”
Directors: Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville
Magnolia Pictures

“Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll”
Director: John Pirozzi
Argot Pictures

“Night Will Fall”
Director: André Singer
HBO

“What Happened, Miss Simone?”
Director: Liz Garbus
Netflix

Best Curated Series Award

“30 for 30”
Executive Producers John Dahl and Connor Schell
ESPN

“America ReFramed”
Executive Producers: Chris Hastings and Simon Kilmurry
WORLD Channel

“Independent Lens”
Executive Producers: Sally Jo Fifer and Lois Vossen
ITVS, PBS

“POV”
Executive Producers: Simon Kilmurry and Chris White
POV, PBS

“Storyville”
Series Editor: Nick Fraser
Executive Producer: Kate Townsend
BBC TV, BBC World News

Best Limited Series Award

“Blood Brothers”
Executive Producers: Kees Schaap and Anja van Oostrom
Vara Television (The Netherlands)

“Hard Earned”
Executive Producers: Steve James, Justine Nagan, and Gordon Quinn
Al Jazeera and Kartemquin Films

“The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst”
Executive Producer: Jason Blum
Co-Executive Producer: Zac Stuart-Pontier
Produced by: Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling
HBO

“Life Story”
Executive Producer: Mike Gunton
Discovery

“Rebel Architecture”
Executive Producer: Fiona Lawson-Baker
Al Jazeera English

Best Episodic Series Award

“Chef’s Table”
Executive Producers: David Gelb and Andrew Fried
Netflix

“Morgan Spurlock Inside Man”
Executive Producers: Jeremy Chilnick, Matthew Galkin, and Morgan Spurlock
CNN and Warrior Poets

“NOVA”
Senior Executive Producer: Paula Apsell
Deputy Executive Producer: Julia Cort
PBS

“The Seventies”
Executive Producers: Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, and Mark Herzog
CNN, Playtone, and Herzog & Company

“This is Life with Lisa Ling”
Executive Producers: Amy Bucher, Lisa Ling, and David Shadrack Smith
CNN and part2 pictures

Best Short Form Series Award

“Do Not Track”
Executive Producer: Hugues Sweeney
National Film Board of Canada, Upian, Arte, and BR

“Highrise: Universe Within”
Executive Producers: Anita Lee and Silva Basmajian
National Film Board of Canada

“The New York Times Op-Docs”
Executive Producer: Jason Spingarn-Koff
The New York Times

“POV Interactive Documentaries”
Executive Producers: Simon Kilmurry and Adnaan Wasey
POV and PBS

“WE THE ECONOMY: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss”
Executive Producers: Paul G. Allen and Morgan Spurlock
Vulcan Productions and Cinelan

David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award

“The Archipelago”
Director: Benjamin Huguet
The National Film and Television School

“The Blue Wall”
Director: Michael Milano
University of California, Berkeley

“El Cacao”
Director: Michelle Aguilar
University of California Santa Cruz

“In Attla’s Tracks”
Director: Catharine Axley
Stanford University

“Looking at the Stars”
Director: Alexandre Peralta
University of Southern California

Career Achievement Award
Gordon Quinn

Pioneer Award
Ted Sarandos

Amicus Award
Tony Tabatznik and the Bertha Foundation

Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award sponsored by the Archibald Family Foundation
Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe

Courage Under Fire Award
Matthew Heineman

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