At the 8th Annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards, Michael J. Fox’s Apple TV+ documentary directed by Davis Guggenheim took home all five awards it was nominated for, solidifying its status as a standout film. This remarkable achievement not only highlights the compelling narrative of Fox’s life and his battle with Parkinson’s Disease but also acknowledges the outstanding work of the entire production team.
The Critics Choice Documentary Awards, held at the esteemed Edison Hotel in New York City, is an event that celebrates the highest achievements in the documentary genre across various platforms. It acknowledges documentaries released in theaters, on television, and major digital platforms. The recipients of these prestigious awards are determined through the voting of qualified CCA members, making it a highly respected accolade in the industry.
While Michael J. Fox’s documentary stole the show with its five victories, other noteworthy films also received recognition at the ceremony. “20 Days in Mariupol” directed by Mstyslav Chernov won the Best First Documentary award, showcasing the talent of this emerging filmmaker. Additionally, Netflix’s “American Symphony” and “The Deepest Breath” both secured two awards each, cementing their place among the top documentaries of the year.
One of the standout films of the night was “American Symphony,” which not only received six nominations but also took home two awards. The film revolves around the life and music of Jon Batiste, who was the subject of the documentary. It was recognized as the Best Music Documentary and also received an award for Batiste’s exceptional score, underscoring the film’s remarkable audiovisual experience.
“The Deepest Breath,” another Netflix documentary, proved its prowess in the realm of sports documentaries by winning the Best Sports Documentary award. Its outstanding cinematography was also acknowledged, further solidifying its place as a visually striking and immersive film for audiences.
While Fox’s documentary and the Netflix productions took center stage at the awards, HBO’s “Being Mary Tyler Moore” stood out as the Best Archival Documentary. This film pays homage to the iconic actress and her impact on television history, showcasing the importance of preserving and celebrating influential figures.
The Critics Choice Documentary Awards honored outstanding documentaries across various categories. Here is a list of all the winners:
– Best Documentary Feature: “Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie”
– Best Director: Davis Guggenheim – “Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie”
– Best First Documentary Feature: Mstyslav Chernov – “20 Days in Mariupol”
– Best Cinematography: Tim Cragg – “The Deepest Breath”
– Best Editing: Michael Harte – “Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie”
– Best Score: Jon Batiste – “American Symphony”
– Best Narration: “Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie” – Written and Performed by Michael J. Fox
– Best Archival Documentary: “Being Mary Tyler Moore”
– Best Historical Documentary: “JFK: One Day in America”
– Best Biographical Documentary: “Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie”
The Critics Choice Documentary Awards continue to recognize and honor the exceptional work of filmmakers in the documentary genre. These films shed light on diverse stories, inspire audiences, and contribute to the rich tapestry of cinematic storytelling.