The doc, which looks at the subject of mass incarceration and the prison industry in America, picked up Best Documentary honors. It was also up for Outstanding British Film, which was ultimately awarded to Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake.
DuVernay was not present at the ceremony, as she was in New Zealand shooting her next film. Producer Lisa Nishimura accepted the award on her behalf.
Nishimura took the opportunity to highlight the importance of shining a light on the U.S. prison industry.
“It matters so deeply that you in the U.K., in particular, have taken an interest on this important issue,” she said.
DuVernay’s 13th was up against stiff competition at the evening’s festivities, which was hosted by English comedian and actor Stephen Fry at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg‘s Weiner, Otto Bell’s The Eagle Huntress and Peter Middleton and James Spinney’s Notes on Blindness also earned a nod in the Documentary category.
Ron Howard’s The Beatles Eight Days A Week — The Touring Years was also up for the award. While the doc’s name wasn’t read aloud, Howard didn’t go home empty handed that evening — it was named Best Music Film at the 59th annual Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles.
The film captures the band’s early days in Liverpool to their rise during the touring years of 1962 – 1966,