Nominations for the 31st Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards were announced today by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), with PBS garnering the most nominations, at 37.
The American public broadcaster dominated the ‘Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story: Long Form’ category, with nominations for A Death in Tehran (for ‘Frontline’) Tulia, Texas (‘Independent Lens’), Hubble’s Amazing Rescue (‘NOVA’), Crossing Heaven’s Border (‘Wide Angle’) and the ‘POV’ airing of The Way We Get By all up for the honor. In the ‘Outstanding Investigative Journalism: Long Form’ category, HBO Documentary Films racked up three nominations for They Killed Sister Dorothy, Outrage and Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi, while PBS received three, with The Warning (‘Frontline’), The Spy Factory (‘NOVA’) and The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court (‘POV’) nominated.
Two projects from HBO Documentary Films are up for the Best Documentary title, with Smile Pinki and In a Dream up against two from PBS: Crips and Bloods: Made in America from Stacy Peralta for ‘Independent Lens’ and Pamela Yates’ The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court for ‘POV’. Rounding out the category are Inside Guantanamo for National Geographic’s ‘Explorer’ strand and Sundance Channel’s War Dance. ‘Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming’ nominations went to Anvil! The Story of Anvil (VH1), Finishing Heaven (HBO Documentary Films), No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo and Vilmos (PBS’ ‘Independent Lens’), and Woodstock: Then & Now (VH1).
‘Outstanding Science and Technology’ nominees include National Geographic Channel’s In the Womb: Extreme Animals and The Human Family Tree; The English Surgeon, airing on PBS’ ‘POV’ and The Linguists, for PBS. In ‘Outstanding Nature Programming,’ the nominees are Climbing Redwood Giants for National Geographic Channel’s ‘Explorer,’ The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies for PBS’ ‘NOVA’, Planet Earth’s The Last Beekeeper and Swamp of the Baboons for National Geographic Channel.
Four projects from HBO Documentary Films are up for the ‘Outstanding Informational Programming: Long Form’ honor, including Trouble the Water, Be Like Others, The Final Inch and Which Way Home. Other nominees in the category include The Oxycontin Express for Current TV’s ‘Vanguard’ and Heart of Jenin for PBS’ ‘Wide Angle.’ The ‘Outstanding Historical Programming: Long Form’ nominees are The Good Soldier for PBS’ ‘Bill Moyers’ Journal,’ The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306 from HBO Documentary Films, Mumbai Massacre for PBS’ ‘Secrets of the Dead’ and Thrilla in Manila.
Acclaimed documentarian Frederick Wiseman will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the celebration. Having produced, directed and edited 38 films, Wiseman’s most recent is last year’s La Danse.
The News and Documentary Emmy Awards will be presented on September 27 in New York City. For more nominees, click here.