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

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