The Broadcast Film Critics Association* (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association* (BTJA) have selected the winners of this year’s Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards. Jane, directed by Brett Morgen with an original score by Philip Glass, was chosen as the winner of the 2017 Best Documentary Award. Jane delves into the life of conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall and features footage taken during Dr. Goodall’s research in Tanzania’s Gombe National Park during the 1960s.
The winners were announced during a gala event held on November 2, 2017 at BRIC in Brooklyn. Penn Jillette hosted the second annual celebration of documentaries and documentary filmmakers. Clive Davis, Damien Echols, Gilbert Gottfried, Colin Hanks, Dolores Huerta, Barbara Kopple, Lawrence O’Donnell, Linda Perry, Kathryn Schulz, Fisher Stevens, Hannah Storm, and Diane Warren were among the presenters and attendees.
“We are so happy to be able to celebrate the supremely talented, leading voices in this golden age of documentary filmmaking and nonfiction television,” stated BFCA President Joey Berlin. “It was another great night in Brooklyn in support of many of the most underappreciated artists in our business.”
The 2017 Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards also featured a special presentation of the Critics’ Choice Impact Award to filmmaker Joe Berlinger. Errol Morris was honored with the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award.
2017 Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Winners:
Best Documentary - Jane
Best Director (TIE) - Evgeny Afineevsky (Cries from Syria) and Frederick Wiseman (Ex Libris: The New York Public Library)
Best First Documentary - Kedi
Best Political Documentary - Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Best Sports Documentary - Icarus
Best Music Documentary - Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives
Best Song in a Documentary - ”Jump” (Step) - written by Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson and Laura Karpman, performed by Cynthia Erivo
Best Documentary Series - The Vietnam War
Best Ongoing Documentary Series - American Masters
Most Innovative Documentary (TIE) - Dawson City: Frozen Time and Last Men in Aleppo
* – I’m a member of both the Broadcast Television Journalists Association and Broadcast Film Critics Association