DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus were presented with the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the Critics Choice/Broadcast Critics last night in Brooklyn at a moving ceremony that also may have shaped this year’s Oscar race for documentaries.
Now we get a better idea that Ava Duvernay’s “13th,” from Netflix has become a big contender. So have Jack Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg‘s “Weiner” and the newly released “Eagle Huntress.” Ron Howard’s Beatles documentary was a cinch– Apple Records’ Jeff Jones came in from London to accept an award.
Pennebaker, 91, the filmmaker of “Don’t Look Back” and “The War Room,” among others spoke movingly about his 40 year relationship and marriage to Hegedus, his co-filmmaker. “She came to see me for a job and I made sure she never left,” he said. Their most recent film is “Unlocking the Cage,” a potential Oscar nominee this year. Pennebaker’s career stretches back to 1958. Hegedus won the 2001 Award from the Directors Guild for her “Startup.com.”
The amazing Sharon Jones won Best Song for Barbara Kopple’s wonderful movie about her called “I’m Still Here.” The Renaissance R&B dynamo is taking some downtime before exploding again on the tour circuit. Check out her music on YouTube and Spotify. It will blow your mind!
WINNERS OF THE INAUGURAL CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS
Best Documentary (Theatrical Feature) – O.J.: Made in America
Best Director (Theatrical Feature) – Ezra Edelman – O.J.: Made in America
Best Documentary (TV/Streaming) – 13th
Best Director (TV/Streaming) – Ava DuVernay – 13th
Best First Documentary (Theatrical Feature) – Jack Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg – Weiner
Best First Documentary (TV/Streaming) – (TIE) – Jacob Bernstein and Nick Hooker – Everything Is Copy – Nora Ephron: Scripted and Unscripted and Deborah Esquenazi – Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
Best Political Documentary – 13th
Best Sports Documentary – O.J.: Made in America
Best Music Documentary – The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years
Best Song in a Documentary – “I’m Still Here” – Miss Sharon Jones – Written by Sharon Jones – Performed by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Best Limited Documentary Series – O.J.: Made in America
Best Ongoing Documentary Series – 30 for 30
Most Innovative Documentary – The Tower