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The 6th annual Critics Choice Awards at Brooklyn’s BRIC Center had a lot of surprises. The biggest was the overall winner, ‘Summer of Soul,” from Questlove, which is really an archival doc and not topical at all. “Summer of Soul” won several awards, including Best Archival Documentary, and tied for Best Director with “The Rescue,” which the Academy may be more agreeable to come next spring.

But Questlove was thrilled, saying it was the best night of his life, and no one could argue with the good feeling around the leader of the Roots and Jimmy Fallon’s bandleader.

Still, the evening moved quickly and there were some other happy surprises including actresses Dana Delany and Jessica Hecht among the presenters. Comedian Roy Wood Jr. was an excellent and humorous emcee.

Much awarded filmmaker Chris Hegedus presented the Pennebaker Award for lifetime achievement to R.J. Cutler, who produced Chris and DA Pennebaker’s 1992 Oscar nominee “The War Room,” and has gone on to make such other docs as “The September Issue” about Vogue magazine.

The next Critics Choice Awards for narrative films and TV series will be broadcast on TBS and the CW networks on January 9th from Hollywood. Kudos to Joey Berlin for pulling off a well-attended event despite COVID restrictions (everyone had to show proof of vaccination and interest in documentary films).

Winners of the Sixth Annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

BEST DIRECTOR (TIE)

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson – Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

BEST DIRECTOR (TIE)

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin – The Rescue

BEST FIRST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson – Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

David Katznelson, Ian Seabrook and Picha Srisansanee – The Rescue

BEST EDITING

Joshua L. Pearson – Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

BEST SCORE

Daniel Pemberton – The Rescue

BEST ARCHIVAL DOCUMENTARY

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

BEST HISTORICAL OR BIOGRAPHICAL DOCUMENTARY

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BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

BEST POLITICAL DOCUMENTARY

The Crime of the Century

BEST SCIENCE/NATURE DOCUMENTARY

Becoming Cousteau

BEST SPORTS DOCUMENTARY

The Alpinist

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY

The Queen of Basketball

BEST NARRATION

Val

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