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“The Rescue,” “In the Same Breath” lead nominees for 43rd News and Doc Emmys

The Rescue and the HBO Documentary Films docs In the Same Breath and A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks lead the nominees for the 43rd Annual News and ...
July 28, 2022

The Rescue and the HBO Documentary Films docs In the Same Breath and A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks lead the nominees for the 43rd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, which were announced on Thursday (July 28) by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).

The documentaries are among the 64 nominees selected from more than 2,500 submissions that originally premiered in 2021.

The awards will be presented in two separate ceremonies in New York City, with the news categories being awarded on September 28 and the documentary categories on September 29.

In addition to the standard awards, the National Academy will also honor two major figures in the news and documentary world with Lifetime Achievement Awards: Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour, for news; and Sir David Attenborough, biologist, humanist and filmmaker, in the documentary category.

Broadcaster ABC leads the networks with 39 nominations, followed by CNN with 37, PBS and Vice with 28 apiece, CBS with 26, HBO with 23, The New York Times with 19, National Geographic with 15, Netflix with 13, Showtime and Univision with 12 each, and Hulu and NBC tied with 10.

HBO racked up the most nominations in the Best Documentary category, with four nods for the HBO Documentary Films projects Four Hours at the Capitol, A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks, Obama: In Search of a More Perfect Union and In the Same Breath (pictured).

Two more went to PBS for a pair of ‘Frontline’ documentaries, A Thousand Cuts and American Insurrection, which were produced with ProPublica and Berkeley Journalism’s PBS investigative reporting program. The other nominees in the category are MSNBC’s Paper and Glue, Hulu’s The First Wave, Apple TV+’s The Line and Nat Geo’s The Rescue.

“At a time when critical, monumental, and world-changing events are more immediately available and accessible than ever before, the work of the journalists and documentarians that bring us the truth of these stories is under tremendous assault,” Adam Sharp, president and CEO of NATAS, said in a statement. “We honor these individuals’ courage and excellence of craft that allows each of us to be better informed and understanding of the issues of our day.”

Below is a list of long-form news, documentary and interactive doc nominees. The complete list can be seen at the Emmy website.

BEST DOCUMENTARY
A Thousand Cuts (PBS/’Frontline’)
American Insurrection (PBS/’Frontline’ in Partnership with ProPublica and Berkeley Journalism’s PBS Investigative Reporting Program)
Four Hours at the Capitol (HBO Documentary Films/HBO)
A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks (HBO Documentary Films/HBO)
Obama: In Search of a More Perfect Union (HBO Documentary Films/HBO)
In the Same Breath (HBO Documentary Films/HBO)
Paper and Glue (MSNBC Films/MSNBC)
The First Wave (Hulu)
The Line (Apple TV+)
The Rescue (National Geographic)

OUTSTANDING CURRENT AFFAIRS DOCUMENTARY
137 Shots (Netflix)
Convergence: Courage in a Crisis (Netflix)
China’s COVID Secrets (‘Frontline’/PBS)
American Insurrection (PBS/’Frontline’ in Partnership with ProPublica and Berkeley Journalism’s PBS Investigative Reporting Program)
In the Same Breath (HBO Documentary Films/HBO)
The Rescue (National Geographic)

OUTSTANDING POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTARY
3212 Un-Redacted (ABC)
Obama: In Search of as More Perfect Union (HBO Documentary Films/HBO)
A La Calle (HBO Max/HBO)
Mayor (‘POV’/PBS)
Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING SOCIAL ISSUE DOCUMENTARY
Dreamland: The Burning of Black Wall Street (CNN Films/CNN)
End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock (Fuse)
A Thousand Cuts (‘Frontline’/PBS)
In the Dark of the Valley (MSNBC Films/MSNBC)
Pray Away (Netflix)
To Live and Die in Alabama (The New York Times Presents/FX)

OUTSTANDING INVESTIGATIVE DOCUMENTARY
Assassins (Starz)
Escaping Eritrea (‘Frontline’/PBS)
In the Shadow of 9/11 (‘Frontline’/PBS)
The Forever Prisoner (HBO Documentary Films/HBO)
The Line (Apple TV+)

OUTSTANDING HISTORICAL DOCUMENTARY
9/11: One Day in America (National Geographic)
Desert One (History Channel)
Downing of a Flag (PBS)
The Neutral Ground (‘POV’/PBS)
The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song (PBS)

OUTSTANDING ARTS AND CULTURE DOCUMENTARY
Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (HBO Documentary Films/HBO)
A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks (HBO Documentary Films/HBO)
Paper and Glue (MSNBC Films/MSNBC)
The One and Only Dick Gregory (Showtime)
The Real Charlie Chaplin (Showtime)

OUTSTANDING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DOCUMENTARY
The Hunt for Planet B (CNN Films/CNN)
Down to Earth: The Astronaut’s Perspective (NASA TV)
Fathom (Apple TV+)
Coded Bias (‘Independent Lens’/PBS)
Picture a Scientist (‘Nova’/PBS)

OUTSTANDING NATURE DOCUMENTARY
Lucy The Human Chimp (HBO/HBO Max)
The Elephant and the Termite (PBS ‘Nature)
My Garden of a Thousand Bees (PBS ‘Nature’)
Playing with Sharks (Disney+)
Puff: Wonders of the Reef (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DOCUMENTARY
The Power of the Fed (‘Frontline’ and Chasing the Dream/PBS)
Storm Lake (‘Independent Lens’/PBS)
Entangled (‘Local, USA’/WORLD Channel)
The Big Squeeze (Vice News/Vice)
WeWork: or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn (Hulu)

OUTSTANDING CRIME AND JUSTICE DOCUMENTARY
Buried (Showtime)
Life of Crime 1984-2020 (HBO Documentary Films/HBO)
The Murders at Starved Rock (HBO Documentary Films/HBO)
The Slow Hustle (HBO Documentary Films/HBO)
Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller (National Geographic)

OUTSTANDING SHORT DOCUMENTARY
A Broken House (The New Yorker)
The Last Cruise (HBO Documentary Films/HBO)
Takeover (The New York Times Op-Docs)
Through Our Eyes: Apart (HBO/HBO Max)
Through Our Eyes: Shelter (HBO/HBO Max)

OUTSTANDING WRITING: DOCUMENTARY
9/11: One Day in America (National Geographic)
The Forever Prisoner (HBO Documentary Films/HBO)
The Elephant and the Termite (PBS ‘Nature’)
The Rescue (National Geographic)
Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller: Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs (National Geographic)
Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller: Romance Scams (National Geographic)

OUTSTANDING RESEARCH: DOCUMENTARY
9/11: I Was There (History Channel)
9/11: One Day in America (National Geographic)
Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (HBO Documentary Films/HBO)
Cured (‘Independent Lens’/PBS)
The Rescue (National Geographic)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION: DOCUMENTARY
Nanfu Wang, In the Same Breath (HBO Documentary Films/HBO)
Megan Mylan, Simple as Water
Sam Hobkinson, Misha and the Wolves (Netflix)
Matthew Heineman, The First Wave (Hulu)
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin, The Rescue (National Geographic)

OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY: DOCUMENTARY
Buried (Showtime)
Pumas: Legends of the Ice Mountains (PBS ‘Nature’)
The Elephant and the Termite (PBS ‘Nature’)
Puff: Wonders of the Reef (Netflix)
The First Wave (Hulu)
The Reason I Jump (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING EDITING: DOCUMENTARY
9/11: Inside the President’s War Room (Apple TV+)
A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks (HBO Documentary Films/HBO)
Four Hours at the Capitol (HBO Documentary Films/HBO)
The First Wave (Hulu)
Toxic Pigs of Fukushima (Vice News/Vice)

OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC DESIGN AND ART DIRECTION: DOCUMENTARY
Camp Confidential: America’s Secret Nazis (Netflix)
Dreamland: The Burning of Black Wall Street (CNN Films/CNN)
Coded: The Hidden Love of J.C. Leyendecker (MTV Documentary Films)
Gossip (Showtime)
Missing Chapter (Vox)

About The Author
Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.

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