The sophomore event, which celebrated non-fiction films and television as chosen by the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA) and Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA), was hosted by magician and television presenter Penn Jillette at a ceremony in Brooklyn, New York on Wednesday (Nov. 2).
Morgen’s aural documentary Jane (pictured) was the top winner at the awards banquet, walking away with the award for Best Documentary.
Burns’ archival-driven The Vietnam War, about one of the most divisive and controversial events in history, received hardware in the Best Documentary Series category.
“We are so happy to be able to celebrate the supremely talented, leading voices in this golden age of documentary filmmaking and nonfiction television,” said BFCA president Joey Berlin in a statement. “It was another great night in Brooklyn in support of many of the most underappreciated artists in our business.”
The complete list of winners at the second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards follows below:
Brett Morgen’s Jane
Best Director (TIE)
Evgeny Afineevsky’s Cries from Syria and Frederick Wiseman’s Ex Libris: The New York Public Library
Best First Documentary
Ceyda Torun’s Kedi
Best Political Documentary
Steve James’ Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Best Sports Documentary
Bryan Fogel’s Icarus: A Doping House of Cards Tumbles Down
Best Music Documentary
Charles Perkel’s Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives
Best Song in a Documentary
“Jump” (Amanda Lipitz’s Step) – written by Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson and Laura Karpman, performed by Cynthia Erivo
Best Documentary Series
Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War
Best Ongoing Documentary Series
PBS ‘American Masters’
Most Innovative Documentary (TIE)
Bill Morrison’s Dawson City: Frozen Time and Firas Fayyad’s Last Men in Aleppo