Latest victory for Ezra Edelman film: Gotham Award, against stiff competition
The mega-documentaryO.J.: Made in America has established itself as a major contender this awards season, after capturing its second major prize this month.
On Monday night the 464-minute long film directed by Ezra Edelman won best documentary at the IFP Gotham Awards, triumphing over an impressive field that featured Cameraperson, I Am Not Your Negro, Tower and Weiner.
O.J.: Made in America debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last January and played theatrically before it aired on ESPN beginning in June. The film has been praised for its meticulous research into Simpson's early life, career and celebrated murder trial, as well as his activities post-acquittal and eventual imprisonment on kidnapping and armed robbery charges. Edelman deftly portrays Simpson's efforts to unyoke himself from race as he rose to fame, only to reassume its mantle as he faced conviction for killing his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman.
Earlier in November, O.J.: Made in America took four honors at the inaugural Critics' Choice Documentary Awards in Brooklyn, including best documentary (theatrical feature) and best director for Edelman.
On Friday, December 9 Edelman's work will compete for best documentary feature at the IDA Awards in Hollywood, one of the most prestigious honors in nonfiction film. It has previously qualified for Oscar consideration by virtue of its limited theatrical release.
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and Documentary.org.