‘Fire Of Love’, ‘Good Night Oppy’ Top Nominated For Critics Choice Documentary Awards – Deadline

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Launch of nominations season, fire of love and good night Oppy lead all comers in the nominations for the seventh annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards.

The two are nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category and will also compete for Best Director, Musical Score, Editing, Narration and Science/Nature Documentary.

fire of love, the adventure and love story of a pair of volcano hunters and scientists, has seven main names and is also up for best archival docu. The doc was theatrically released by National Geographic Films and Neon, who picked it up after its Sundance debut.

Oppy, which comes from Amblin and Steven Spielberg’s Amazon Studios, with special effects via Industrial Light & Magic, has been on the fall festival circuit and will open in theaters November 4 before streaming on Amazon three weeks later. It chronicles the Mars Rover mission over 14 years and is a heartbreaking story that plays like a cross between The Martian and Wall-E.

Other nominees for Best Documentary Feature are Hulu replica; The Automaton; by Netflix The Descendant; Briarcliff Entertainment’s Gabby Giffords won’t back down; HBO The Janes; HBO/NEON David Bowie Documentary Lunar Reverie; HBO, CNN and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Navalnyand Apple TV+ biodoc Sidney Poitier sydney which recently premiered in Toronto.

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Films earning three or more nominations include The Automat, The Janes, Moonage Daydream, Sidney, Three Minutes: A Lengthening; Navalny; The Beatles: Come Back; George Carlin’s American Dream; Descending; Lucy and Desi; Our Great National Parks; The territory; Cow;

Laura Poitras’ Venice Film Festival Golden Lion winner failed to live up to expectations, All the beauty and bloodshed which missed the cut for the 10 Best Documentary Feature nominees, but wasn’t entirely left out with a few mentions in other categories.

New to the ceremony this year are two categories previously included in the Critics Choice Real TV Awards, but will instead be featured here for Best Ongoing Documentary Series and Best Limited Documentary Series. In the running for the latter are The Beatles: Come Back; Hostages; The latest movie stars; The Lincoln Project; Our Great National Parks; The United States and the Holocaust; and We need to talk about Cosby. For the current series nominees are 30 for 30; American Masters; Well done, The Circus; Unsolved mysteries, and Welcome to Wrexham.

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“This year’s nominees prove that documentaries of all lengths and formats advance documentary media like never before,” said Christopher Campbell, Co-Chair of the Critics Choice Association’s Documentary Branch. “And we’re thrilled to celebrate the amazing talent that went into all of these brilliant films and series.”

Carla Renata, Co-Chair of the Critics Choice Documentary Association, added, “We are also thrilled to see such an exemplary number of female filmmakers and subjects represented, further reinforcing the Critics Choice Documentary Awards’ commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the documentary landscape.
Last year, at the sixth annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards, Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) received the award in every category in which it was nominated, including the award the most prestigious of the evening for Best Documentary Feature, as well as Best Director (TIE), Best First Documentary Feature, Best Editing, Best Archival Documentary and Best Music Documentary. Subsequently, the film won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.

Gabby Giffords won't back down

‘Gabby Giffords won’t back down’

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In addition to the competitive categories, the Pennebaker Prize will be awarded to veteran filmmaker Barbara Kopple.

The winners will be revealed on Sunday, November 13, 2022 at the Edison Ballroom in New York and will be hosted by actor/comedian Wyatt Cenac. The awards will also be streamed live on Facebook Live and Instagram Live with viewing links available on the ACC website at 7 p.m. ET. National Geographic Documentary Films is the Presenting Sponsor for the second consecutive year.

Viewing and voting for the nominees was conducted by a select committee of volunteer members of the Critics Choice Association. Full disclosure: I am a member of the CCA and the Documentary Candidate Selection Committee.

Here is a full list of nominees:

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
Replica (Hulu)
The Automaton (A Slice of Pie productions)
Descendants (Netflix)
Fire of Love (National Geographic/Neon Documentary Films)
Gabby Giffords won’t back down (Briarcliff Entertainment)
Goodnight Oppy (Amazon Studios)
The Janes (HBO)
Moonage Daydream (HBO/Neon)
Navalny (HBO/CNN/Warner Bros. Pictures)
Sydney (Apple TV+)

BEST DIRECTOR
Judd Apatow, Michael Bonfiglio – George Carlin’s American Dream (HBO)
Margaret Brown – Descendant (Netflix)
Sara Dosa – Fire of Love (National Geographic/Neon Documentary Films)
Reginald Hudlin – Sydney (Apple TV+)
Brett Morgen – Moonage Daydream (HBO/Neon)
Laura Poitras – All Beauty and Bloodshed (HBO/Neon)
Daniel Roher – Navalny (HBO/CNN/Warner Bros. Pictures)
Ryan White – Goodnight Oppy (Amazon Studios)

BEST FIRST DOCUMENTARY FILM
Andrea Arnold – Cow (IFC Films)
Lisa Hurwitz – The Automaton (A Slice of Pie Productions)
Jono McLeod – My Old School (Magnolia Pictures)
Amy Poehler – Lucy and Desi (Amazon Studios)
Alex Pritz – The Territory (National Geographic Documentary Films)
David Siev – Bad Ax (IFC Films)
Bianca Stigter – Three Minutes: A Stretch (neon)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Benjamin Bernhard, Riju Das – All That Breathes (HBO)
Magda Kowalczyk – Cow (IFC Films)
Lucas Tucknott – McEnroe (Showtime)
Gabriela Osio Vanden, Jack Weisman, Sam Holling – Nuisance Bear (The New Yorker)
The Cinematography Team – Our Great National Parks (Netflix)
Alex Pritz, Tangãi Uru-eu-wau-wau – The Territory (National Geographic Documentary Films)

BEST EDITING
Jabez Olssen – The Beatles: Come Back (Disney+)
Erin Casper, Jocelyne Chaput – Fire of Love (National Geographic Documentary Films/Neon)
Joe Bechenkovsky – George Carlin’s American Dream (HBO)
Helen Kearns, Rejh Cabrera – Goodnight Oppy (Amazon Studios)
Brett Morgen – Moonage Daydream (HBO/Neon)
Langdon Page, Maya Daisy Hawke – Navalny (HBO/CNN/Warner Bros. Pictures)
Katharina Wartena – Three Minutes: A Lengthening (neon)

BEST SCORE
Hummie Mann – The Automaton (A Slice of Pie Productions)
Nicolas Godin – Fire of Love (National Geographic Documentary Films/Neon)
Blake Neely – Goodnight Oppy (Amazon Studios)
Max Avery Lichtenstein – The Janes (HBO)
David Schwartz – Lucy and Desi (Amazon Studios)
Marius de Vries, Matt Robertson – Navalny (HBO/CNN/Warner Bros. Pictures)

BEST STORY
Deep in the Heart: A Texas Wildlife Story (films about fins and fur)
Written by Ben Masters
Portrayed by Matthew McConaughey
Fire of Love (National Geographic/Neon Documentary Films)
Written by Shane Boris, Erin Casper, Jocelyne Chaput, Sara Dosa
Portrayed by Miranda July
Goodnight Oppy (Amazon Studios)
Written by Helen Kearns, Ryan White
Performed by Angela Bassett
Our Great National Parks (Netflix)
Performed by Barak Obama
Riotsville, USA (Photos by Magnolia)
Written by Tobi Haslett
Performed by Charlene Modeste
Three minutes: a lengthening (neon)
Written by Bianca Stigter
Portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter

BEST ARCHIVAL DOCUMENTARY
The Beatles: Come Back (Disney+)
Fire of Love (National Geographic/Neon Documentary Films)
Moonage Daydream (HBO/Neon)
Nothing Compares (Showtime)
Riotsville, USA (Photos by Magnolia)
Three minutes: a lengthening (neon)

BEST HISTORICAL DOCUMENTARY
The Automaton (A Slice of Pie productions)
Descendants (Netflix)
The Janes (HBO)
Lowndes County and the Black Power (Peacock) Road
Always work from 9am to 5pm (Mighty Fine Entertainment)
Three minutes: a lengthening (neon)
The United States and the Holocaust (PBS)

BEST BIOGRAPHICAL DOCUMENTARY
The American Dream by George Carlin (HBO)
The Last Movie Stars (HBO Max)
Lucy and Desi (Amazon Studios)
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks (Peacock)
Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams (Sony Pictures Classics)
Sydney (Apple TV+)
Sr (Netflix)


BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY
The Beatles: Come Back (Disney+)
Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song (Sony Pictures Classics)
If These Walls Could Sing (Disney Original Documentary)
Black & Blues by Louis Armstrong (Apple TV+)
Moonage Daydream (HBO/Neon)
Nothing Compares (Showtime)
The Return of Tanya Tucker – Starring Brandi Carlile (Sony Pictures Classics)

BEST POLITICAL DOCUMENTARY
Replica (Hulu)
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed (HBO/Neon)
Gabby Giffords won’t back down (Briarcliff Entertainment)
The Janes (HBO)
Navalny (HBO/CNN/Warner Bros. Pictures)
Retrograde (National Geographic Documentary Films)
Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom (Netflix)

BEST SCIENCE/NATURE DOCUMENTARY
All That Breathes (HBO)
Cow (IFC Films)
Fire of Love (National Geographic/Neon Documentary Films)
Goodnight Oppy (Amazon Studios)
Nuisance Bear (The New Yorker)
Return to Space (Netflix)
The territory (National Geographic documentary films)

BEST SPORTS DOCUMENTARY
Citizen Ashe (Magnolia/HBO)
Hockeyland (Greenwich Entertainment)
Kaepernick and America (Dark Star Pictures)
McEnroe (Showtime)
The Redeem Team (Netflix)
Welcome to Wrexham (FX/Hulu)

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
38 in the garden (HBO)
Angola can you hear us? Voices from a Plantation Prison (MTV Documentary Films)
The Flag Makers (National Geographic Documentary Films)
Total documentary over four seasons (MSNBC)
My Disability Roadmap (The New York Times Op Docs)
Nuisance Bear (The New Yorker)
Stranger at the Gate (The New Yorker)

BEST LIMITED DOCUMENTARY SERIES
The Beatles: Come Back (Disney+)
Hostages (HBO)
The Last Movie Stars (HBO Max)
The Lincoln Project (Showtime)
Our Great National Parks (Netflix)
The United States and the Holocaust (PBS)
We need to talk about Cosby (Showtime)

BEST ONGOING DOCUMENTARY SERIES
30 for 30 (ESPN)
American Masters (PBS)
Well done (Netflix)
The Circus (Showtime)
Unsolved Mysteries (Netflix)
Welcome to Wrexham (FX/Hulu)

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