Sunday, November 14, 2021

'Summer of Soul' sweeps sixth annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards

(BROOKLYN, NY) – This just in: The Critics Choice Association (CCA) has unveiled the winners of the Sixth Annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards, recognizing the year’s finest achievements in documentaries released in theaters, on TV and on major digital platforms, as determined by the voting of qualified CCA members.

Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) topped every category in which it was nominated, including the evening’s most prestigious award, Best Documentary Feature, as well as Best Director, Best First Documentary Feature, Best Editing, Best Archival Documentary and Best Music Documentary. 

"Soul" helmer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson shared the Best Director Award in a tie with co-directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin for The Rescue, which also received top honors for Best Cinematography and Best Score.

The D A Pennebaker Award also was presented at tonight's ceremony to legendary documentarian R.J. Cutler. Formerly known as the Critics Choice Lifetime Achievement Award, the recognition is named in honor of  Pennebaker, a past winner. It was presented to Cutler by Chris Hegedus, Pennebaker’s widow and long-time collaborator.

Hosted by Roy Wood Jr., the star-studded event featured presenters and attendees including Amir Arison (The Blacklist), Selma Blair (Introducing, Selma Blair), Wyatt CenacDana Delany (The American Guest), Jessica Hecht (The Sinner), Dr. Vernard Hodges and Dr. Terrence Ferguson (Critter Fixers: Country Vets), Barbara KoppleSheila NevinsPiper Perabo (The Big Leap), Mariana van Zeller (Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller), and Thompson among others. 

To learn more about the Critics Choice Documentary Awards and see the full list of nominees, visit the Critics Choice Association website.

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