Sunday, January 17, 2021

‘O.J.: Made in America,’ Ava DuVernay’s ‘13th’ Win Big at Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

Newt Gingrich and Ava DuVernay
Newt Gingrich and Ava DuVernay

*Ezra Edelman’s film “O.J.: Made in America” won four prizes at the first annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards on Thursday night, while Ava DuVernay’s “13th” won best documentary and best director in the TV/streaming categories, as well as best political documentary.

DuVernay’s exploration of racial inequality in the criminal justice system opened the New York Film Festival in late September and 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.

“O.J. Made in America” was the top winner, earning honors for best documentary and best director (theatrical feature), best sports documentary, and best limited documentary series.

The multi-part ESPN miniseries 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.”

Penn Jillette hosted the ceremony, which honored films chosen by the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA) and Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA).

Nominees were announced last month.

Read the full list of winners below:

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

Best Director (Theatrical Feature): Ezra Edelman, “O.J.: 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 Esquenazi, “Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four”

Best Political Documentary: “13th”

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” from “Miss Sharon Jones”

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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