Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards winners: Oscar frontrunners ‘O.J.: Made in America’ and ‘13th’ get big boosts

The Broadcast Film Critics Assn. announced the winners of the inaugural edition of the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards on Thursday. “13th,” “O.J.: Made in America” and “Gleason” had led the nominations this year with five apiece, including the marquee category of Best Documentary Feature Film (Theatrical Premiere). “O.J.: Made in America” won that top prize, as well as three others: Best Director – Theatrical Feature for Ezra Edelman, Best Sports Documentary and Best Limited Documentary Series.

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Ava DuVernay was named Best Director – TV/Streaming for her film “13th,” which also claimed Best Documentary – TV/Streaming and Best Political Documentary. Jack Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s film “Weiner,” another hot contender to make the Documentary Feature Oscar shortlist, took home the prize for Best First Documentary – Theatrical Feature, while “Gleason” went home empty-handed.

Below, the full list of winners, who were feted at a ceremony at BRIC in Brooklyn hosted by Penn Gillette.

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Best Documentary – Theatrical Feature
“O.J.: Made in America”

Best Director – Theatrical Feature
Ezra Edelman (“O.J.: Made in America”)

Best Documentary – TV/Streaming

Best Director – TV/Streaming
Ava DuVernay (“13th”)

Best First Documentary – Theatrical Feature
Jack Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg (“Weiner”)

Best First Documentary – TV/Streaming (Tie)
Jacob Bernstein, Nick Hooker (“Everything Is Copy”)
Deborah Esquenazi (“Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four”)

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Best Political Documentary

Best Sports Documentary
“O.J.: Made in America”

Best Music Documentary
“The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years”

Best Song in a Documentary
“I’m Still Here” from “Miss Sharon Jones!”

Best Limited Documentary Series
“O.J.: Made in America”

Best Ongoing Documentary Series
“30 for 30”

Most Innovative Documentary

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