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‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor,’ ‘RBG’ Nab Producers Guild Documentary Nominations

The Producers Guild of America has selected seven nominees for its best documentary award, including box office successes “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” “RBG,” and “Three Identical Strangers.”

The PGA revealed the nominees on Tuesday morning. Nominations in the other categories, including theatrical motion pictures and television, will be announced on Jan. 4. The PGA Awards ceremony will take place on Jan. 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The other nominees for best producing of documentary theatrical motion pictures are “The Dawn Wall,” “Free Solo,” “Hal,” and “Into the Okavango.” The producers of the nominated films are in the process of being vetted for individual producer eligibility.

The Fred Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” has grossed $22.6 million domestically, making it the 12th-highest grosser of all time. The Ruth Bader Ginsburg doc “RBG” has topped $14 million for Magnolia Pictures and “Three Identical Strangers,” which centers on the lives of triplets, has taken in more than $12 million.

Both “Free Solo” and “The Dawn Wall” center on attempts to scale El Capitan’s 3,000-foot vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park in California. National Geographic’s “Free Solo” is nearing $9 million in grosses after being released in late September, while the Orchard’s “Dawn Wall” has crossed $1 million since its Sept. 14 launch.

“Hal,” a look at the life of director Hal Ashby, received a limited release from Oscilloscope in September and has grossed $46, 526. “Into the Okavango” is the only title among the seven PGA nominees that is not one of the 166 documentaries eligible for the 2019 Academy Awards. The movie, directed by National Geographic photographer Neil Gelinas, follows a four-month journey along the titular river in southern Africa.

The nominated films were selected by the PGA’s documentary nominating committee, which evaluates from the pool of eligible feature documentaries submitted to the Producers Guild for its awards. Its eligibility requirements are separate from Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences. The entire PGA membership of 8,000 members is eligible to vote for the guild’s awards.

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