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“I Am Not Your Negro”, “Quest” among 40th News & Doc Emmy noms

Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro (pictured), James Bluemel‘s Exodus: The Journey Continues and Jonathan Olshefski‘s Quest are among the films competing for best documentary honors at the 40th annual News ...
July 25, 2019

Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro (pictured), James Bluemel‘s Exodus: The Journey Continues and Jonathan Olshefski‘s Quest are among the films competing for best documentary honors at the 40th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

The docs are among several nominees across 49 categories focused on documentaries, news reports and multimedia projects, as presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).

American pubcaster PBS leads all networks with 47 nominations, followed by CBS with 33, HBO with 32, CNN with 15, ABC with 13, The New York Times with 12 and Univision with 10.

PBS once again dominated the “Best Documentary” category, earning four of five nominations across its various strands, including for Exodus: The Journey Continues (‘Frontline’), I Am Not Your Negro (‘Independent Lens’), as well as Nowhere to Hideand Quest (‘POV’). The fifth nomination went to HBO’s I Am Evidence.

This year’s awards – which consider programming that aired during the 2018 calendar year – will be presented on Sept. 24 at a ceremony at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City.

“The clear, transparent, and factual reporting provided by these journalists and documentarians is paramount to keeping our nation and its citizens informed,” said Adam Sharp, president & CEO of NATAS, in a statement. “Even while under attack, truth and the hard-fought pursuit of it must remain cherished, honored, and defended. These talented nominees represent true excellence in this mission and in our industry.”

Below is a list of long-form news, documentary and interactive doc nominees. For the complete list, visit the Emmy website.

Best Documentary

PBS, FRONTLINE
Exodus: The Journey Continues

HBO, HBO Documentary Films
I Am Evidence

PBS, Independent Lens
I Am Not Your Negro

PBS, POV
Nowhere to Hide

PBS, POV
Quest

Outstanding Short Documentary

GQ / Condé Nast Entertainment
Beneath the Ink

HBO, HBO Documentary Films
Traffic Stop 

NBC
Meet the Press Film Festival with AFI: Guns Found Here

PBS, POV Shorts
Earthrise

Showtime
The Family Business: Trump and Taxes

CondeNast them
Trans in America: Texas Strong

Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary

Nat Geo WILD
700 Sharks


VOD, Bayonet Media
Pressing on: The Letterpress Film

PBS, Independent Lens
Wildland

Nat Geo WILD
The Flood

Smithsonian Channel, The Wild Andes
Patagonia Untamed

Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary

The Facebook Dilemma
PBS: ‘Frontline’
Director: James Jacoby

It Will Be Chaos
HBO Documentary Films
Directors: Lorena Luciano, Filippo Piscopo

Lifeboat
Spin Film/ RYOT
Director: Skye Fitzgerald

Nowhere to Hide
PBS: ‘POV’
Director: Zaradasht Ahmed

Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary

Armed With Faith
World Channel: ‘Doc World’
Directors: Asad Faruqi, Geeta Gandbhir

Separated: Children at the Border
PBS: ‘Frontline

The Judge
PBS: ‘Independent Lens’
Director: Erika Cohn

No Greater Law
A&E
Director: Tom Dumican

Reversing Roe
Netflix
Directors: Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg

Outstanding Social Issue Documentary

Crime + Punishment
Hulu

Quest
PBS: ‘POV’
Director: Jonathan Olshefski

Survivor
PBS: ‘POV’
Director: Arthur Pratt

Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
Paramount Network

The Price of Free
YouTube
Director Derek Doneen

Outstanding Investigative Documentary

No Stone Unturned
Director: Alex Gibney

Documenting Hate
PBS: ‘Frontline’
Director: Richard Rowley

Myanmar’s Killing Fields
PBS: ‘Frontline’
Director: Patrick Wells

UN Sex Abuse Scandal
PBS: ‘Frontline’

I Am Evidence
HBO Documentary Films
Director: Geeta Gandbhir

Outstanding Historical Documentary

Going to War
PBS

King in the Wilderness
HBO Documentary Films
Director: Peter Kunhardt

The Oslo Diaries
HBO Documentary Films
Directors: Mor Loushy, Daniel Sivan

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities
PBS: ‘Independent Lens’
Directors: Stanley Nelson, Marco Williams

Intent to Destroy: Death, Denial & Depiction
Starz
Director: Joe Berlinger

Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary

Arthur Miller: Writer
HBO Documentary Films
Director: Rebecca Miller

Believer
HBO Documentary Films
Director: Don Argott

The Price of Everything
HBO Documentary Films

Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary

PBS, ‘Independent Lens’
The Cleaners

PBS, NOVA
Decoding the Weather Machine

PBS, NOVA
Transplanting Hope 

National Geographic
One Strange Rock

National Geographic
Genesis

National Geographic
Science Fair

Outstanding Nature Documentary

CNN, CNN Films
Trophy

PBS, Independent Lens
Wildland

National Geographic
Into the Okavango
PBS, Nature
Sex, Lies and Butterflies

PBS, Nature
Super Cats: Cats in Every Corner

Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary

World Channel, America ReFramed
Personal Statement

PBS, FRONTLINE
The Pension Gamble 

PBS, Independent Lens
Dolores

PBS, POV
The Workers Cup

HBO, VICE Special Report
Panic: The Untold Story of the 2008 Financial Crisis

Outstanding New Approaches: Documentary

PBS, FRONTLINE
The Last Generation 

National Geographic
Polar Obsession                                                              

PBS, POV Shorts
Give

The New York Times
An Israeli Soldier Killed a Medic in Gaza.We Investigated the Fatal Shot

Univision, Univision Digital
When Abortion is a Lifeline

Outstanding Editing: Documentary

PBS, Independent Lens
Unrest 

PBS, Independent Lens
Wildland

Paramount Network
Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story

Netflix
Take Your Pills

Epix
This Is Home: A Refugee Story

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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