The Broadcast Film Critics Association has announced the winners of the Second Annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, with Brett Morgen’s Jane Goodall biopic “Jane” taking the top honors.
Filmmaker Joe Berlinger was honored with the critics’ choice impact award and filmmaker Errol Morris was presented with the critics’ choice lifetime achievement award. Clive Davis doc “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” won for best music documentary.
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.
“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.”
The awards gala also celebrated the Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary honorees, including 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”), and the Sung Family (“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”).
FULL WINNERS LIST
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”