Film on felines of Istanbul earns four noms; Agnès Varda (age 89) and Fred Wiseman (age 87) earn directing nominations
The wide open race for documentary awards recognition just got some clarification -- if only a little.
A wide range of film claimed attention as the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced their nominees for the second annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards.
Ceyda Torun's breakout hit Kedi -- about the street cats who bring endless charm to Istanbul -- earned a leading four nominations, including best documentary, best first documentary, most innovative documentary and best director. In addition, the film's feline leads will share the honor for "Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary."
Kedi made more than $2.5 million in North America during its theatrical run earlier in the year.
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A quintet of documentaries tallied three nominations apiece, including California Typewriter, Chasing Coral, Dawson City: Frozen Time and two films about the crisis in Syria -- City of Ghosts and Cries From Syria.
This year the BFCA and BTJA eliminated the distinction between documentaries with a theatrical release and those that played on TV and across streaming services. As a result there are 16 nominees for best documentary.
Among the best doc nominees is Faces Places, co-directed by 89-year-old Agnès Varda and the much younger artist JR, which won the top honor for a documentary at the Cannes Film Festival. Varda and JR also gained nominations in the best director category.
Documentary great Frederick Wiseman, 87, pulled a similarly impressive nomination double. His latest documentary Ex Libris: The New York Public Library earned a best documentary nom and he joined Varda and JR on the list of best director nominees.
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Below is the full list of nominees for the Critics Choice Documentary Awards. The ceremony will be held November 2 in Brooklyn.
BEST FIRST DOCUMENTARY
BEST POLITICAL DOCUMENTARY
BEST SPORTS DOCUMENTARY
BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY
MOST COMPELLING LIVING SUBJECT OF A DOCUMENTARY
MOST INNOVATIVE DOCUMENTARY
BEST SONG IN A DOCUMENTARY
BEST LIMITED DOCUMENTARY SERIES (TV/STREAMING)
BEST ONGOING DOCUMENTARY SERIES (TV/STREAMING)
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and Documentary.org.