IDA Documentary Feature nominations: ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Minding the Gap’ and ‘Dark Money’ continue to be recognized

The International Documentary Association (IDA) announced nominees for its annual awards on Wednesday morning. The ten films nominated in the Best Feature category were pulled from the group’s short list announced earlier this month. Among those nominees are five early frontrunners in the Oscar race for Documentary Feature: National Geographic’s “Free Solo,” Hulu’s two films “Minding the Gap” and “Crime + Punishment,” the Mister Rogers piece “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” and PBS’ “Dark Money,” all of which were also cited by the Broadcast Film Critics Association for their own documentary awards.

This is the first year the IDA has nominated 10 films for their top award, an increase from the 5-6 nominated previously. While only two films were nominated by both the IDA and Oscar last year, in 2016 the groups lined up on four nominees and in 2015 there were three double dippers. In each year, the IDA previewed the eventual Oscar winner.

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In addition to their nominations for Best Feature, the IDA awarded “Minding the Gap” Best Editing winner and cited “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” as one of two Best Music Score winners. The other film to win forscore is “Bisbee ’17.” Elsewhere, the award for Best Cinematography went to “Distant Constellation” and the award for Best Writing to “The Other Side of Everything.”

The IDA Awards ceremony, including the announcement of the Best Feature selection, will be held in Los Angeles at the Paramount Theatre on December 8th.

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Full list of feature film nominees below:


Crime + Punishment – Director: Stephen Maing (Hulu)
Dark Money – Director: Kimberly Reed (PBS Distribution)
Free Solo – Directors: E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin (National Geographic)
Hale County This Morning, This Evening – Director: RaMell Ross (Cinema Guild)
Minding the Gap – Director: Bing Liu (Hulu/POV)
Of Fathers and Sons – Director: Talal Derki (Kino Lorber)
Sky and Ground – Directors: Talya Tibbon and Joshua Bennett (World Channel (PBS))
The Silence of Others – Directors: Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar (Cinephil/POV)
United Skates – Directors: Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown (HBO)
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – Director: Morgan Neville (Focus Features)


Crime + Punishment
Distant Constellation (Winner)
Free Solo

Taste of Cement
The Distant Barking of Dogs


Distant Constellation
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle
Minding the Gap (Winner)
The Stranger


Did You Wonder Who Fired The Gun?
Of Fathers and Sons
The Other Side of Everything (Winner)
People’s Republic of Desire
Wild Relatives


Bathtubs Over Broadway
Bisbee ’17 (Winner)
The Distant Barking of Dogs
Hale County This Morning, This Evening (Winner)

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