Nominations for the 2020 Critics Choice Documentary Awards

In a year of great documentaries, nominations for the Critics Choice Association’s Documentary Awards, which recognize the best non-fiction achievements of 2020 (published in cinemas, television, and digital platforms), will help other award groups crack the list of mandatory fields -see . “Crip Camp: A Disabled Revolution” (Netflix), “Gunda” (Neon) and “Mr. Soul! ”Lead this year’s nominations with five each. Netflix leads the field with 31 nominations, followed by Neon with 14 and Magnolia Pictures with nine.

“The documentary division was faced with its biggest task yet, given the quantity and quality of non-fiction cinema released this year,” said Christopher Campbell, president of the Critics Choice Association’s documentary division, in an official statement. “Ultimately, these nominees represent the best of the best of a remarkably fruitful moment for documentary filmmaking.”

The winners will be announced on November 16, 2020.

Sundance’s debut “Crip Camp” is nominated for Best Documentary and has been recognized by James Lebrecht and Nicole Newnham for Best Director, Best Editing, Best Archival Documentary and Best Historical / Biography Documentary. The film also received an award for Judith Heumann for the most compelling living subject in a documentary.

The Berlin debut “Gunda” was nominated together with Victor Kossakovsky for the best director, the best camera, the best editing and the best documentary for science and nature for the best documentary.

Melissa Haizlip’s Tribeca 2018 debut “Mr. Soul! ”Is nominated for the best documentary, the best first documentary, the best narrative, the best archival documentary and the best historical / biographical documentary.

Netflix’s “Athlet A”, “Dick Johnson is Dead” and “My Octopus Teacher” as well as Neon’s “Totally Under Control” were each awarded four nominations.

The nominations for “Athlet A” are Best Documentary, Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk for Best Director, Best Editing, and Best Sports Documentary. Maggie Nichols, Rachael Denhollander, and Jamie Dantzscher are also on the list of most compelling living subjects in a documentary.

The nominations for “Dick Johnson is Dead” are for Best Documentary, Kirsten Johnson for Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Narration. The film also received an award for Dick Johnson for the most compelling living subject in a documentary.

The nominations for “My Octopus Teacher” are Best Documentary, Best Cinematography, Best Narrative, and Best Science / Nature Documentary.

“Totally Under Control” received nominations for “Best Editing”, “Best Score”, “Best Narration” and “Best Political Documentary”. Dr. Rick Bright has been named the most compelling living subject in a documentary.

At the fourth annual CCDA event last year, “Apollo 11” was awarded the prize for the best documentary. Peter Jackson (“You Won’t Get Old”) and Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar (Oscar-winning actress “American Factory”). American Factory also won the Best Political Documentary Award.

Here is the full list of nominees for the Critics Choice Documentary Awards:

“Dick Johnson is dead”


„Athlet A“ (Netflix)
„Belushi“ (Showtime)
“Crip Camp: A Revolution for the Disabled” (Netflix)
“Dick Johnson Is Dead” (Netflix)
“Feels good” (Wavelength Productions / PBS Independent Lens)
“The Fight” (Magnolia Pictures)
„The Go-Go’s“ (Showtime)
„Gunda“ (Neon)
“Mr. SEELE! “(Shoes in bed production)
“My Octopus Teacher” (Netflix)
“The painter and the thief” (neon)
“A Secret Love” (Netflix)
“The Social Dilemma” (Netflix)
“Time” (Amazon Studios)

Garrett Bradley, “Time” (Amazon Studios)
Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, “Athlet A” (Netflix)
Kirsten Johnson, “Dick Johnson Is Dead” (Netflix)
Victor Kossakovsky, „Gunda“ (Neon)
James Lebrecht and Nicole Newnham, “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” (Netflix)
Dawn Porter, „John Lewis: Gute Probleme“ (Magnolia Pictures)
Benjamin Ree, “The Painter and the Thief” (Neon)

Robert S. Bader, Ali & “Cavett: The History of the Tapes” (HBO)
Chris Bolan, “A Secret Love” (Netflix)
Melissa Haizlip, “Mr. SEELE! “(Shoes in bed production)
Arthur Jones, “Feels Good Man” (Wavelength Production / PBS Independent Lens)
Elizabeth Leiter and Kim Woodard, “Jane Goodall: The Hope” (National Geographic)
Elizabeth Lo, „Streuner“ (Magnolienbilder)
Sasha Joseph Neulinger, “Return” (Grizzly Creek Films / PBS Independent Lens)

Michael Dweck und Gregory Kershaw, „The Truffle Hunters“ (Sony Pictures Classics)
Roger Horrocks, “My Octopus Teacher” (Netflix)
Kirsten Johnson, “Dick Johnson Is Dead” (Netflix)
Victor Kossakovsky and Egil Håskjold Larsen, “Gunda” (Neon)
Scott Ressler, Neil Gelinas and Stefan Wiesen, “The Last Ice” (National Geographic)
Gianfranco Rosi, „Notturno“ (Stammunterhaltung)
Ruben Woodin Dechamps, “The reason why I jump” (Kino Lorber)

Don Bernier, „Athlet A“ (Netflix)
Eli Despres, Greg Finton und Kim Roberts, „The Fight“ (Magnolia Pictures)
Lindy Jankura und Alex Keipper, „Totally Under Control“ (Neon)
Helen Kearns, „Assassins“ (Greenwich Entertainment)
Victor Kossakovsky and Ainara Vera, “Gunda” (Neon)
Eileen Meyer and Andrew Gersh, “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” (Netflix)
Charlotte Munch Bengtsen, „Die Trüffeljäger“ (Sony Pictures Classics)

Ari Balouzian and Ryan Hope, “Feels Good Man” (Wavelength Productions / PBS Independent Lens)
Marco Beltrami, Brandon Roberts and Buck Sanders, “The Way I See It” (focus features)
Tyler Durham, Sven Faulconer und Xander Rodzinski, „The Last Ice“ (National Geographic)
Peter Nashel und Brian Deming, „Totally Under Control“ (Neon)
Daniel Pemberton, „Rising Phoenix“ (Netflix)
Jeff Tweedy, „Long Gone Summer“ (ESPN)
Jeff Tweedy, Spencer Tweedy und Sammy Tweedy, „Showbiz Kids“ (HBO)


Amazon Studios

Best story
David Attenborough: “A Life on Our Planet” (Netflix)
David Attenborough, narrator
David Attenborough, writer

“Dick Johnson Is Dead” (Netflix)
Kirsten Johnson, narrator
Kirsten Johnson, writer

“Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds” (Apple)
Werner Herzog, narrator
Werner Herzog, writer

“Mr. SEELE! “(Shoes in bed production)
Blair Underwood, narrator
Ellis Haizlip, writer

“My Octopus Teacher” (Netflix)
Craig Foster, narrator
Craig Foster, writer

“Time” (Amazon Studios)
Fox Rich, narrator
Fox Rich, writer

“Totally under control” (neon)
Alex Gibney, narrator
Alex Gibney, writer

“Ali & Cavett: The History of the Tapes” (HBO)
„Belushi“ (Showtime)
“Collective Complaint Park” (HBO)
“Crip Camp: A Revolution for the Disabled” (Netflix)
MLK / FBI (Sichtfeld / IFC-Filme)
“Mr. SEELE! “(Shoes in bed production)
“Spaceship Earth” (neon)

„Belushi“ (Showtime)
“Crip Camp: A Revolution for the Disabled” (Netflix)
„Howard“ (Disney +)
“John Lewis: Good Problems” (Magnolia Pictures)
“Mr. SEELE! “(Shoes in bed production)
“Lots of Love: The Legend of Walter Mercado” (Netflix)
“Natalie Wood: What’s Left Behind” (HBO)

„Beastie Boys Story“ (Apple)
“Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan” (Magnolia Pictures)
„The Go-Go’s“ (Showtime)
„Laurel Canyon“ (Epix)
“There used to be brothers: Robbie Robertson and the band” (Magnolia Pictures)
“Other Music” (Factory 25)
“Zappa” (Magnolienbilder)



Stacey Abrams in “All In: The Fight For Democracy”

Courtesy of Amazon Studios

“All In: The Fight for Democracy” (Amazon Studios)
„Boys State“ (Apple)
“John Lewis: Good Problems” (Magnolia Pictures)
MLK / FBI (Sichtfeld / IFC-Filme)
“The Social Dilemma” (Netflix)
“Totally under control” (neon)
“As I see it” (focus functions)

„Coded Bias“ (7. Empire Media / PBS Independent Lens)
“Fantastic Mushrooms” (Moving Art)
„Gunda“ (Neon)
“I’m Greta” (Hulu)
“The Last Ice” (National Geographic)
“My Octopus Teacher” (Netflix)
“Spaceship Earth” (neon)

“Ali & Cavett: The History of the Tapes” (HBO)
„Athlet A“ (Netflix)
“Be Water” (ESPN)
“A very nice thing” (50 egg films)
„Rote Pinguine“ (Universal Pictures)
„Rising Phoenix“ (Netflix)
“You Can’t Kill David Arquette” (Super LTD)

“Blackfeet Boxing: Not Invisible” (ESPN)
(Directors: Kristen Lappas and Tom Rinaldi. Producers: Craig Lazarus, José Morales, Lindsay Rovegno, Victor Vitarelli and Ben Webber)

„Der Claudia Kishi Club“ (Netflix)
(Director and Producer: Sue Ding)

“Growing up!” (Quibi)
(Directed by Alex Mallis. Producers: Matt O’Neill and Perri Peltz)

“Elevator Pitch” (field of view)
(Director and Producer: Martyna Starosta)

„Hunger Ward“ (Spin Film / Vulcan Productions / RYOT Films)
(Director and Producer: Skye Fitzgerald. Producer: Michael Scheuerman)

“Into the Fire” (National Geographic)
(Director: Orlando von Einsiedel. Producers: Mark Bauch, Harri Grace and Dan Lin)

“My father the movers” (MTV documentaries)
(Director: Julia Jansch. Producer: Mandilakhe Yengo)

“The Sagittarius” (field of view)
(Director: Sierra Pettengill. Producer: Arielle de Saint Phalle)

„The Speed ​​Cubers“ (Netflix)
(Director and Producer: Sue Kim. Producers: Evan Krauss and Chris Romano)

“St. Louis Superman ”(MTV Documentaries)
(Directors and Producers: Sami Khan and Smriti Mundhra. Producer: Poh Si Teng)

The most compelling living subjects of a DOCUMENTARY (HONORS)
Dr. Rick Bright – “Totally Under Control” (Neon)
Steven Garza – „Boys State“ (Apple)
Die Go-Go’s – „Die Go-Go’s“ (Showtime)
Judith Heumann – “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” (Netflix)
Dick Johnson – “Dick Johnson Is Dead” (Netflix)
Maggie Nichols, Rachael Denhollander, Jamie Dantzscher – „Athlet A“ (Netflix)
Fox Rich – “Time” (Amazon)
Pete Souza – “As I see it” (focus functions)
Taylor Swift – „Miss Americana“ (Netflix)
Greta Thunberg – “I am Greta” (Hulu)

The Critics Choice Documentary Awards are an offshoot of the Critics Choice Awards, which will air live on the CW Network on Sunday, March 7th, 2021.

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