Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards: ‘O.J.: Made In America’ & ‘13th’ Dominate


Ezra Edelman’s seven-hour O.J.: Made in America and Ava Duvernay’s 13th lapped the field at the inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards. Both won the Best Documentary and Best Director prizes — for film and TV, respectively — with O.J. winning four trophies and 13th nabbing three. They both came into tonight’s ceremony in Brooklyn with a leading five noms apiece, tied with Gleason, which came away empty-handed.

Edelman’s project about football legend-turned TV personalily-turned murder defandant essentially is a multi-part ESPN miniseries, but it got a minimal theatrical release to qualify for awards season. At TCA in May, the filmmaker described the project as “also a story about the city of Los Angeles and race going back to the ’50s and ’60s.”

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Duvernay’s docu about racial inequality in the justice system opened the New York Film Festival in late September but debuted on Netflix day-and-date with its theatrical run. The film explores the history of race relations through the prism of prisons and the preponderance of young black and Latino men who make up a large part of their populations.

Other winners at tonight’s awards include Ron Howard’s The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years and Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg’s Weiner

Here is the complete list of winners at the inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards:

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

Best Director (Theatrical Feature)
Ezra Edelman – O.J.: Made in America

Best Documentary (TV/Streaming)

Best Director (TV/Streaming)
Ava DuVernay – 13th

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

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

Best Political Documentary

Best Sports Documentary
O.J.: 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
O.J.: Made in America

Best Ongoing Documentary Series
30 for 30

Most Innovative Documentary
The Tower

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