Awards // 3rd CRITICS' CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS

Michael Moore completes his 2003 Oscar speech as he receives the Lifetime Achievement Award.



For the third year, the Broadcast Film Critics Association handed out its awards for documentary film in a separate ceremony from its film/television awards, which will take place early next year. This year’s ceremony was held at BRIC in Brooklyn.


Surprise box office success Won’t You Be My Neighbor? won Best Documentary and Best Director, solidifying its place as the Oscar frontrunner. Other winners includedRashida Jones, who won Best Music Documentary for Quincy, the film about her father Quincy Jones, and RBG, winner of Best Political Documentary.


The most newsworthy moment of the night came when Michael Moore received the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement award. After winning the Oscar in 2003 forBowling for Columbine, Moore was booed off the stage for criticizing President Bush. He used his acceptance speech this year to finish his speech:


“So, before I close, I want to say a few words about nonfiction and how to use it as a cure for the many lies we are being told and as a nonviolent weapon of revolution and change. I have read over the years that my first movie, Roger and Me, kicked open the doors for documentary films – the first documentary to be widely distributed to shopping mall cinemas and multiplexes of America. The Academy, though, has not let me in as a member for 13 long years, not until just last month. I had heard all the reasons why. Roger and Me, it’s not a documentary. Roger and Me documentaries are not supposed to be entertainment. You’re using your frivolous humor, and it lessens the seriousness and the impact of what you’re trying to say. Those of us from the now-dead factory towns of the Rust Belt, who, like me, have just a high school education – we from the working class immediately know the class-based tone of those who speak to use, those who went to the finer schools or even any school at all. I encourage anyone watching at home tonight in the Gary, Indianas of America, in the Camden, New Jerseys, in the San Ysidros, in the East St. Louises, and yes, the Flints and Detroits and the Pontiacs and the Dearborns, to pick up a camera and fight the power. Make your voice herd and stop this senseless war…We are not only still at war, but we have a president who has declared war on our democracy and war on us.”


FULL LIST OF WINNERS:


BEST DOCUMENTARY

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

Dir. Morgan Neville

(Focus Features)


BEST LIMITED DOCUMENTARY SERIES

THE ZEN DIARIES OF GARRY SHANDLING

(HBO)


BEST ONGOING DOCUMENTARY SERIES

ANTHONY BOURDAIN: PARTS UNKNOWN

(CNN)


BEST DIRECTOR

Morgan Neville

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

(Focus Features)


BEST FIRST TIME DIRECTOR

Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster

SCIENCE FAIR

(National Geographic Documentary Films)

And

Bing Liu

MINDING THE GAP

(Hulu)


BEST POLITICAL DOCUMENTARY

RBG

Dirs. Julie Cohen, Betsy West

(Magnolia Pictures, Participant Media)


BEST SPORTS DOCUMENTARY

FREE SOLO

Dirs. Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

(National Geographic Documentary Film)


BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY

QUINCY

Dirs. Alan Hicks, Rashida Jones

(Netflix)


MOST INNOVATIVE DOCUMENTARY

FREE SOLO

Dirs. Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

(National Geographic Documentary Film)


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

FREE SOLO

Cinematographers: Jimmy Chin, Clair Popkin, Mikey Schaefer

(National Geographic Documentary Films)


BEST EDITING

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

Editors: Jeff Malmberg, Aaron Wickenden

(Focus Features)

© 2018 by Scottie Knollin.

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