The Broadcast Film Critics and the Broadcast Television Journalists associations had a good feeling about “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” on Saturday at their third annual Critics’ Choice documentary honors event. They bestowed the evening’s top prizes, both Best Documentary and Best Director — as well as Best Editing — to Morgan Neville‘s moving portrait of beloved children’s show TV host Fred Rogers.
According to Box Office Mojo, the winner is the highest-grossing doc of the year so far, raking in $23 million.
Among the other winners at the Brooklyn-based event hosted by Bill Nye the Science Guy:
Best Sports Documentary: “Free Solo,” about the first free solo climb of El Capitan at National Yosemite Park.
Best Limited Documentary Series: “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling”
Best Ongoing Documentary Series: “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”
Best Political Documentary: “RBG,” about Supreme Court Justic Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Best Music Documentary: “Quincy,” about musical icon Quincy Jones, co-directed by his actress daughter Rashida Jones.
Best First Time Director: A tie between Bing Liu for “Minding the Gap” and Christina Costantini and Darren Foster for “Science Fair”
Host Nye aslo paid tribute to the year’s Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary: Scotty Bowers (“Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood”), Ginsburg (“RBG”), Alex Honnold (“Free Solo”), Joan Jett (“Bad Reputation”). Jones (“Quincy”), David Kellman and Bobby Shafran (“Three Identical Strangers”), John McEnroe (“John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection”) and Leon Vitali (“Filmworker”).
The BFCA and the BTJA will next host the 24th edition of the Critics’ Choice Awards, honoring both film and TV, that airs on The CW on January 13 next year.