Monday, July 22, 2024

Mister Rogers Documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Wins Critics Choice Doc Award, Moves Closer to Oscar


Morgan Neville’s documentary about Mister Rogers, called “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” won the Critics Choice Documentary Award tonight at the 3rd annual affair held in Brooklyn at BAM offshoot BRIC.

“Neighbor” is turning into the crowd favorite for the Academy Award. It would be Neville’s second Oscar, after “20 Feet from Stardom.” Other winners included Quincy Jones, Judd Apatow for his Garry Shandling doc, plus Nat Geo films “Free Solo” and “Science Fair.”

What’s changing is that award winning docs are now popular films about cultural subjects. This has shifted from hard hitting news, social commentary, and so on. I can’t say it’s bad, but it’s a change that needs to change back in the next couple of years.

Here are the winners:

Best Documentary: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Best Limited Documentary Series: The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling

Best Ongoing Documentary Series: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Best Director: Morgan Neville for Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Best First Time Director: TIE: Bing Liu for Minding the Gap, and Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster for Science Fair

Best Political Documentary: RBG

Best Sports Documentary: Free Solo

Best Music Documentary: Quincy

Most Innovative Documentary: Free Solo

Best Cinematography: Free Solo

Best Editing: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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