Director Brett Morgen’s film on British primatologist Jane Goodall has been selected by the National Board of Review (NBR) as the year’s best documentary.
Jane (pictured) enjoyed its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it picked up the Critic’s Poll for Best Documentary. The doc profiles Goodall’s revolutionary research, her relationship with cameraman and husband Hugo van Lawick, and the Kasakela chimpanzee community that she studied in the Gombe Stream National Park, located in the western Kigoma Region of Tanzania.
The aural-driven film recently took home the best documentary award at the second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards earlier this month, and was shortlisted for the Producers Guild Awards. Jane Goodall was also among the non-fiction subjects named in Cinema Eye’s fifth annual list of “Unforgettables.”
In October, the doc was among the 170 feature-length documentaries submitted for consideration for the 90th Academy Awards in October, with the final list of nominations scheduled to be unveiled live on Jan. 23.
A National Geographic Documentary Films, Jane is currently in theaters with U.S. distribution handled by Abramorama and UK distribution through Dogwoof.
The top five documentaries of the year, as decided by the NBR, include Steve James‘ ABACUS: Small Enough To Jail , Viktor Jakovleski’s Brimstone & Glory, Lili Fini Zanuck’s Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, Agnès Varda and JR’s Faces Places, and Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested‘s Hell on Earth: The Fall Of Syria And The Rise Of Isis.
The 2017 NBR honorees will be feted at the National Board of Review Awards Gala on Jan. 9 in New York.
For a complete list of honorees, please click here.