The third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, honoring the finest achievements in documentary features and non-fiction television, will be presented on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at BRIC in Brooklyn, New York, hosted by Emmy Award-winning television host Bill Nye.
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) have named Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore as the recipient of the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award. Moore’s latest, Fahrenheit 11/9, is one of the year’s top grossing documentaries of the year.
Broadcast Film Critics Association president Joey Berlin notes, “2018 has been hailed as ‘The Year of the Documentary’ and we are extremely proud to highlight the outstanding achievements in the Feature Documentary and TV/Streaming fields and give these creative filmmakers the proper recognition they deserve.”
For the first year, The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards has introduced the Catalyst Sponsorship, a program for industry leaders to demonstrate their support. The inaugural sponsors include Focus Features, National Geographic Documentary Films, Netflix, Curiosity Stream, and others.
At last year’s second annual event, Jane took home the evening’s most prestigious award for Best Documentary before going on to win 18 national critics group awards, The National Board of Review award, and multiple guild awards. The Award for Best Sports Documentary went to Icarus. The film received many more accolades and awards following the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, including the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. And there was a tie for Best Director between Evgeny Afineevsky for Cries from Syria and Frederick Wiseman for Ex Libris: The New York Public Library.
The awards are determined by qualified members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA), and feature multiple categories across both television and film including:
Best First Documentary
Best Limited Documentary Series
Best Ongoing Documentary Series
Best Sports Documentary
Best Political Documentary
Best Music Documentary
Best Song in a Documentary
Most Innovative Documentary
Best Compelling Living Subject in a Documentary
The nominees, selected by a committee of BFCA and BTJA members with a background and expertise in the documentary field, will be revealed on Monday, October 15, 2018, with the winners announced at the awards gala on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at BRIC in Brooklyn, New York.