“Free Solo”, “Minding the Gap” lead Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards noms

Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi‘s feature-length documentary Free Solo, and Bing Liu’s Minding the Gap are among the projects nominated for this year’s Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards. The third annual ...
October 15, 2018

Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi‘s feature-length documentary Free Solo, and Bing Liu’s Minding the Gap are among the projects nominated for this year’s Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards.

The third annual event, which celebrates non-fiction films and television as chosen by the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA) and Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA), will be hosted by television personality Bill Nye at a gala ceremony in Brooklyn, New York, on Nov. 10.

There, legendary documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson will be presented with the Critics’ Choice Impact Award. As previously announced, multi award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore will be honored with the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award.

Qualified members of BFCA and BTJA will choose the winners from the nominees in voting from Nov. 7 to Nov. 9.

Leading the pack of nominees this year with six nominations and one honor is Chin and Vasarhelyi’s climbing feature Free Solo (pictured). The National Geographic film is nominated for Best Documentary, Best Directors, Best Sports Documentary, Most Innovative Documentary, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and a Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary honor for Alex Honnold.

The 100-minute film previously picked up the Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

Liu’s coming-of-age saga Minding the Gap for Hulu and Chapman and Maclain Way’s Netflix docuseries Wild Wild Country, meanwhile, have picked up five nominations each.

The nominations for Minding the Gap include Best Documentary, Best Sports Documentary, Best Director, Best First Time Director and Best Cinematography.

Wild Wild Country, meanwhile, is being recognized in the Best Documentary, Best First Time Directors, Most Innovative Documentary, Best Cinematography and Best Limited Documentary Series categories.

Also taking multiple noms are Kimberly Reed’s Dark Money (PBS), Rüdiger Suchsland’s Hitler’s Hollywood (Kino Lorber) and Morgan Neville‘s Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Focus Features), recognized with four nominations each; and Tim Wardle‘s Three Identical Strangers (Neon, CNN Films), which has picked up three nods.

The nominees for the third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards are listed below. For the full list of nominees, visit the Critics’ Choice website.

Crime + Punishment – Director: Stephen Maing (Hulu)
Dark Money – Director: Kimberly Reed (PBS)
Free Solo – Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (National Geographic Documentary Films)
Hal – Director: Amy Scott (Oscilloscope)
Hitler’s Hollywood – Director: Rüdiger Suchsland (Kino Lorber)
Minding the Gap – Director: Bing Liu (Hulu)
RBG – Directors: Julie Cohen, Betsy West (Magnolia Pictures, Participant Media)
Three Identical Strangers – Director: Tim Wardle (Neon, CNN Films)
Wild Wild Country – Directors: Chapman Way, Maclain Way (Netflix)
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – Director: Morgan Neville (Focus Features)

Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi – Free Solo (National Geographic Documentary Film)
Bing Liu – Minding the Gap (Hulu)
Morgan Neville – Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Focus Features)
Kimberly Reed – Dark Money (PBS)
Rüdiger Suchsland – Hitler’s Hollywood (Kino Lorber)
Tim Wardle – Three Identical Strangers (Neon, CNN Films)

Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster – Science Fair (National Geographic Documentary Films)
Heather Lenz – Kusama – Infinity (Magnolia Pictures)
Bing Liu – Minding the Gap (Hulu)
Stephen Nomura Schible – Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (MUBI)
Rudy Valdez – The Sentence (HBO Documentary Films)
Chapman Way and Maclain Way – Wild Wild Country (Netflix)

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