Critics' Choice Documentary Winners: O.J.: Made In America and 13th Win Top Awards

by | November 3, 2016 | Comments

The inaugural edition of the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards was held tonight at BRIC, in Brooklyn, New York, kicking off the 2016-2017 awards season. O.J.: Made in America was the top winner with four awards in total, including Best Documentary, Best Direction, Best Limited Doc Series and Best Sports Documentary. On the TV/Streaming front, Ava DuVernay’s 13th took home the most awards with Best Documentary, Best Direction and Best Political Doc.

The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards were created to honor the finest achievements in documentary features and non-fiction television. The winners were determined by a committee of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) members with a background and expertise in the documentary field. Read through for the full list of winners.

Best Documentary Feature

Best Direction of a Documentary Feature

Ezra Edelman

O.J.: Made in America

Kirsten Johnson


Keith Maitland


Clay Tweel


Roger Ross Williams

Life, Animated

Best First Documentary Feature

David Farrier and Dylan Reeve


Adam Irving

Off the Rails

Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg


James D. Solomon

The Witness

Nanfu Wang

Hooligan Sparrow

Best Political Documentary

Best Documentary Feature (TV/Streaming)

Best Director (TV/Streaming)

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures

Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn

Amanda Knox

Ava DuVernay


Werner Herzog

Into the Inferno

Morgan Spurlock


Fisher Stevens

Before the Flood

Best First Feature (TV/Streaming)

Jacob Bernstein and Nick Hooker

Everything Is Copy

Will Allen

Holy Hell

Jessica Edwards


Sophie Robinson and Lotje Sodderland

My Beautiful Broken Brain

Jon Greenhalgh

Team Foxcatcher

Best Limited Documentary Series

Best Ongoing Documentary Series

Best Song in a Documentary

“Angel by the Wings”

The Eagle Huntress

“The Empty Chair”

Jim: The James Foley Story


Audrie & Daisy

“Hoping and Healing”


“I’m Still Here”

Miss Sharon Jones!

“Letters to the Free”


Best Sports Documentary

Best Music Documentary

Most Innovative Documentary

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