“Life Itself,” “Bolshoi” among News and Doc Emmy noms

Life Itself, Bolshoi Babylon (pictured) and Growing Up Trans are among a host of films competing for Best Documentary honors at the 37th Annual News & Documentary Awards.
July 21, 2016

Life Itself, Bolshoi Babylon (pictured) and Growing Up Trans are among a host of films competing for Best Documentary honors at the 37th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

The docs are among several nominees across 46 categories focused on documentaries, news reports and multimedia projects.

Leading the total nominees is U.S. pubcaster PBS with 54 nods, followed by CBS with 37, HBO with 19, CNN with 15, NBC with 14, ABC with 11 and now-defunct net Al Jazeera America with 10. The awards are presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

This year’s awards – which consider programming that aired during the 2015 calendar year – will be handed out at a September 21 ceremony in New York City.

“These awards are a tribute to the outstanding work being done by men and woman at the highest level of the broadcast journalism and documentary filmmaking professions,” said Bob Mauro, president of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, in a statement. “The many documentaries nominated this year offer the viewer a wide range of in-depth explorations of critical topics that affect us all.”

The nominations follow last week’s announcement of the 68th annual Primetime Emmy nominees.

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

Best Documentary
Life Itself, Steve James (CNN Films)
Growing Up Trans, Miri Navasky and Karen O’Connor (PBS ‘Frontline’)
Bolshoi Babylon, Nick Read (HBO Documentary Films)
Finding Vivian Maier, John Maloof and Charlie Siskel (Showtime)
Cutie and the Boxer, Zachary Heinzerling (PBS ‘POV’)

Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story—Long Form
Guantanamo’s Child (Al Jazeera America)
Inside Assad’s Syria (PBS ‘Frontline’)
Outbreak (PBS ‘Frontline’)
Secrets, Politics and Torture (PBS ‘Frontline’)

Outstanding Investigative Journalism—Long-Form
Freeway: Crack in the System (Al Jazeera America)
Rape on the Night Shift (PBS ‘Frontline’)
Terror in Little Saigon (PBS ‘Frontline’)
My Brother’s Bomber (PBS ‘Frontline’)
The Kill Team (PBS ‘Independent Lens’)

Outstanding Informational Programming—Long-Form
Silenced (Direct TV Audience)
Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA (PBS ‘Frontline’)
Being Mortal (PBS ‘Frontline’)
In Defense of Food (PBS)
Prison Kids: America’s Crime Against Children (Fusion)

Outstanding Historical Programming—Long-Form
Living With Lincoln (HBO Documentary Films)
Night Will Fall (HBO Documentary Films)
The Diplomat (HBO Documentary Films)
Larry Kramer in Love and Anger (HBO Documentary Films)
1971 (PBS ‘Independent Lens’)

Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming
Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists (HBO Documentary Films)
Packed in a Trunk (HBO Documentary Films)
Through a Lens Darkly (PBS ‘Independent Lens’)
Art and Craft (PBS ‘POV’)

Outstanding Science and Technology Programming
American Denial (PBS ‘Independent Lens’)
The Great Math Mystery (PBS ‘Nova’)
Dawn of Humanity (PBS ‘Nova’)
Inside Einstein’s Mind (PBS ‘Nova’)
Twice Born Stories from the Special Delivery Unit (PBS)

Outstanding Nature Programming
David Attenborough’s Rise of Animals (Smithsonian Channel)
Animal Homes (PBS ‘Nature’)
Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-La (PBS ‘Nature’)
Owl Power (PBS ‘Nature’)
Soul of the Elephant Mystery (PBS ‘Nature’)

New Approaches: Documentaries
Australian Mining in Africa (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists)
Inheritance (PBS ‘Frontline’)
After the Storm (PBS ‘Independent Lens’)
Walking in War’s Path (The New York Times)
The International Black Market of Stolen Cell Phones (National Geographic/ Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism)      

New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture
A Strange Relativity (Stanford Medicine Magazine)
StoryCorps Shorts: Traffic Stop (PBS ‘POV’)
Bieber, Diplo and Skrillex Make a Hit (The New York Times)
How a Mysterious, Ancient Roman Monument Was Built (National Geographic Magazine)

Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary and Long Form
Explorer: Warlords of Ivory (National Geographic Channel)
Outbreak (PBS ‘Frontline’)
Life on the Reef (PBS)
Animal Homes (PBS ‘Nature’)
Frozen Frontier (National Geographic Wild)

Outstanding Editing: Documentary and Long Form
Last Days in Vietnam (PBS ‘American Experience’)
Life Itself (CNN Films)
Night Will Fall (HBO Documentary Films)
Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists (HBO Documentary Films)
Larry Kramer in Love and Anger (HBO Documentary Films)

About The Author
Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).