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
100%

Kirsten Johnson

Cameraperson
99%

Keith Maitland

Tower
99%

Clay Tweel

Gleason
96%

Roger Ross Williams

Life, Animated
94%

Best First Documentary Feature

David Farrier and Dylan Reeve

Tickled
94%

Adam Irving

Off the Rails
100%

Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg

Weiner
97%

James D. Solomon

The Witness
90%

Nanfu Wang

Hooligan Sparrow
97%

Best Political Documentary


Best Documentary Feature (TV/Streaming)


Best Director (TV/Streaming)

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures
97%

Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn

Amanda Knox
82%

Ava DuVernay

13TH
97%

Werner Herzog

Into the Inferno
92%

Morgan Spurlock

Rats
65%

Fisher Stevens

Before the Flood
75%

Best First Feature (TV/Streaming)

Jacob Bernstein and Nick Hooker

Everything Is Copy
100%

Will Allen

Holy Hell
75%

Jessica Edwards

Mavis!
97%

Sophie Robinson and Lotje Sodderland

My Beautiful Broken Brain

Jon Greenhalgh

Team Foxcatcher
100%

Best Limited Documentary Series


Best Ongoing Documentary Series


Best Song in a Documentary

“Angel by the Wings”

The Eagle Huntress
93%

“The Empty Chair”

Jim: The James Foley Story
91%

“Flicker”

Audrie & Daisy
81%

“Hoping and Healing”

Gleason
96%

“I’m Still Here”

Miss Sharon Jones!
91%

“Letters to the Free”

13TH
97%

Best Sports Documentary


Best Music Documentary


Most Innovative Documentary

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced the nominees for the inaugural edition of the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards on Monday, October 10. The winners will be presented at a gala event on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at BRIC, in Brooklyn, New York. Read through for the full list of nominations.


Best Documentary Feature


Best Direction of a Documentary Feature

Ezra Edelman

O.J.: Made in America
100%

Kirsten Johnson

Cameraperson
99%

Keith Maitland

Tower
99%

Clay Tweel

Gleason
96%

Roger Ross Williams

Life, Animated
94%

Best First Documentary Feature

David Farrier and Dylan Reeve

Tickled
94%

Adam Irving

Off the Rails
100%

Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg

Weiner
97%

James D. Solomon

The Witness
90%

Nanfu Wang

Hooligan Sparrow
97%

Best Political Documentary


Best Documentary Feature (TV/Streaming)


Best Director (TV/Streaming)

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures
97%

Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn

Amanda Knox
82%

Ava DuVernay

13TH
97%

Werner Herzog

Into the Inferno
92%

Morgan Spurlock

Rats
65%

Fisher Stevens

Before the Flood
75%

Best First Feature (TV/Streaming)

Jacob Bernstein and Nick Hooker

Everything Is Copy
100%

Will Allen

Holy Hell
75%

Jessica Edwards

Mavis!
97%

Sophie Robinson and Lotje Sodderland

My Beautiful Broken Brain

Jon Greenhalgh

Team Foxcatcher
100%

Best Limited Documentary Series


Best Ongoing Documentary Series


Best Song in a Documentary

“Angel by the Wings”

The Eagle Huntress
93%

“The Empty Chair”

Jim: The James Foley Story
91%

“Flicker”

Audrie & Daisy
81%

“Hoping and Healing”

Gleason
96%

“I’m Still Here”

Miss Sharon Jones!
91%

“Letters to the Free”

13TH
97%

Best Sports Documentary


Best Music Documentary


Most Inovative Documentary

Tag Cloud

adventure nature chucky cancelled TV series WGN Apple scary movies Best and Worst action-comedy vs. Rom-Com Legendary MSNBC CNN TCA adenture PaleyFest Animation live event Tubi TCA Winter 2020 Year in Review football book genre WarnerMedia VICE halloween The Arrangement hispanic HBO Max Comics on TV Hear Us Out marvel cinematic universe Red Carpet FX FXX TCM Marvel Studios kong Crackle christmas movies sequel Instagram Live ABC Signature IMDb TV VH1 ABC Family Podcast Travel Channel docudrama Interview cooking Paramount Network Arrowverse obituary Trophy Talk Binge Guide TBS MTV Acorn TV olympics classics Opinion rotten Universal Pictures NBC Thanksgiving mcc spy thriller Food Network reviews art house Reality Competition ratings independent facebook serial killer godzilla 99% comiccon Endgame rt labs Anna Paquin 2015 australia movies 2016 news Polls and Games live action Marvel Television stop motion Pop VOD Rock spanish zombies rt archives mutant video on demand RT History tv talk sports Alien Ellie Kemper crime Emmys Trailer critic resources Film Festival Television Academy know your critic Calendar romance comedies Brie Larson Lifetime cartoon 2019 Disney docuseries joker Ghostbusters IFC Films biopic documentaries Neflix BBC One Pirates Cosplay Chernobyl suspense TV movies Paramount hispanic heritage month Holiday Elton John comic book movie AMC Plus Netflix superhero latino Pacific Islander zero dark thirty scary Syfy TNT mob worst movies Amazon Prime Video legend Nat Geo Martial Arts Marathons Spring TV Superheroes Election robots sag awards Columbia Pictures screen actors guild Adult Swim posters king kong wonder woman ESPN Disney Plus Showtime ABC Musical 4/20 pirates of the caribbean superman Christmas Black Mirror BAFTA elevated horror game of thrones remakes Disney+ Disney Plus PBS dramedy finale Holidays Fantasy 2021 social media Nominations Mystery Hallmark movie Discovery Channel archives rotten movies we love SXSW fresh spider-verse sequels Starz doctor who jurassic park Freeform Watching Series marvel comics Comic Book Sundance Now USA BET Awards lord of the rings Masterpiece cars emmy awards aapi binge Toys twilight fast and furious high school festivals foreign harry potter video LGBT Esquire 73rd Emmy Awards Song of Ice and Fire Britbox political drama Turner Classic Movies Star Trek Amazon Studios Sundance Kids & Family FOX The Academy sitcom television black child's play Captain marvel witnail Biopics Lucasfilm canceled french Schedule rom-coms Tarantino miniseries game show Walt Disney Pictures ID Winners blaxploitation Mudbound scorecard IFC die hard 72 Emmy Awards SDCC medical drama A24 adaptation black comedy Grammys The Walking Dead nfl ghosts CBS 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Amazon Prime concert anthology reboot best HBO richard e. Grant versus FX on Hulu Classic Film cinemax Fall TV true crime USA Network TV One See It Skip It Fox News Mary Poppins Returns American Society of Cinematographers quibi Spectrum Originals The CW Family Super Bowl Pride Month telelvision Horror Valentine's Day TruTV razzies Comic-Con@Home 2021 CBS All Access name the review satire criterion franchise Quiz composers unscripted RT21 trailers crossover singing competition vampires Tokyo Olympics boxoffice debate 1990s Lionsgate cults king arthur transformers war YouTube worst rt labs critics edition Box Office hidden camera disaster Sci-Fi Disney Channel free movies San Diego Comic-Con Universal canceled TV shows TV Teen Hallmark Christmas movies National Geographic DC streaming service dreamworks Broadway period drama AMC Epix golden globe awards slashers A&E biography streaming movies Nickelodeon Ovation Stephen King YouTube Red cancelled TV shows Trivia teaser MCU italian cats Exclusive Video cancelled Disney streaming service E3 heist movie President Cannes Apple TV+ Sundance TV mockumentary asian-american Comedy NBA Netflix Christmas movies documentary Character Guide women Sneak Peek DGA Awards Tour The Witch blockbusters Academy Awards Reality natural history science fiction kaiju Extras Musicals universal monsters YA diversity 2018 japanese Peacock halloween tv dceu Music NYCC Wes Anderson CW Seed Spike indie dark BBC ITV TCA Awards 007 The Walt Disney Company Superheroe stand-up comedy Logo international Set visit breaking bad spanish language Cartoon Network Summer Premiere Dates spider-man a nightmare on elm street Television Critics Association Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt saw 20th Century Fox nbcuniversal series crime drama indiana jones Film directors james bond hollywood crime thriller boxing slasher TCA 2017 X-Men First Reviews Image Comics TV renewals green book dexter werewolf children's TV HBO Go toronto DC Comics Rocketman dogs batman prank Dark Horse Comics SundanceTV TV Land GLAAD romantic comedy cancelled television GoT Tumblr Sony Pictures Chilling Adventures of Sabrina police drama psycho critics new zealand Lifetime Christmas movies gangster Infographic dc 71st Emmy Awards revenge 21st Century Fox BET anime Bravo streaming 24 frames comic award winner Creative Arts Emmys 90s OWN technology zombie Country El Rey new star wars movies kids Western TIFF feel good historical drama discovery First Look Shondaland Turner Amazon monster movies mission: impossible APB Mary Tyler Moore Countdown renewed TV shows festival The Purge New York Comic Con jamie lee curtis supernatural GIFs DirecTV Crunchyroll Certified Fresh south america Vudu Black History Month talk show YouTube Premium basketball all-time Mindy Kaling venice spain DC Universe Rocky strong female leads golden globes 93rd Oscars politics Hulu animated space japan popular what to watch hist royal family aliens Tomatazos OneApp Mary poppins sopranos dragons comics films justice league theme song 2017 target Shudder blockbuster History cops spinoff casting Fox Searchlight 45 BBC America deadpool screenings Warner Bros. Pop TV comic book movies Drama LGBTQ Avengers Writers Guild of America scene in color thriller comic books Paramount Plus Funimation Baby Yoda based on movie Women's History Month toy story Star Wars Awards book adaptation Video Games travel 2020 Action Apple TV Plus PlayStation Fargo TLC Comedy Central Marvel psychological thriller stoner young adult Pixar new york Winter TV Heroines parents Pet Sematary Oscars Photos ViacomCBS E! Emmy Nominations laika CMT