Friday, November 4, 2016

'OJ' and '13th' dominate first BFCA documentary awards

BROOKLYN, NY – "OJ: Made in America" took home the most awards in the theatrical division, and "13th" ruled the TV/Streaming side last night, when the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists' Association (BTJA) announced the winners of the inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards at a gala event hosted by comic/magician Penn Jillette at BRIC here.

 "OJ: Made in America,"  the five-part ESPN series that actually played -- all seven hours and 43 minutes of it -- in a few theaters late last May after premiering at Sundance last winter, won Best Documentary, Best Director for Ezra Edelman, Best Limited Documentary Series and Best Sports Documentary.

Meanwhile, "13th," which opened this fall's New York Film Festival before its current run on Netflix, captured three awards, including Best Documentary, Best Political Documentary and Best Director for Ava DuVernay.
The inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards honor the finest achievement in documentary features and non-fiction television. Nominees were determined by BFCA and BTJA members with expertise in the documentary field.

In addition to awards listed below, host Jillette led the celebrations for this year’s Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary honorees:  Danny Fields ("Danny Says"),  Iggy Pop ("Gimme Danger"),  Kirsten Johnson ("Cameraperson"), Owen Suskind  ("Life, Animated"),  Sharon Jones  ("Miss Sharon Jones!"),  Steve Gleason ("Gleason") and Theo Padnos ("Theo Who Lived").

Best Documentary (Theatrical Feature), "O.J.: Made in America"

Best Director (Theatrical Feature),
 Ezra Edelman, "OJ: Made in America

Best Documentary (TV/Streaming), "13th"

Best Director (TV/Streaming),
 Ava DuVernay, "13th"

Best First Documentary (Theatrical Feature),
  Jack Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, "Weiner"

Best First Documentary (TV/Streaming)
(TIE), Jacob Bernstein and Nick Hooker, "Everything Is Copy – Nora Ephron: Scripted and Unscripted"; and Deborah Esquenaz, "Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four"

Best Political Documentary, "13th

Best Sports Documentary, "OJ: Made in America"

Best Music Documentary, "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years

Best Song in a Documentary, "I'm Still Here" ("Miss Sharon Jones"), written by Sharon Jones, performed by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Best Limited Documentary Series, "OJ: Made in America

Best Ongoing Documentary Series, "30 for 30

Most Innovative Documentary, "Tower"

BFCA is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio and online critics. The BTJA is a partner organization and includes TV, radio and Internet journalists who cover television on a regular basis. For more information, visit

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