An Inconvenient Sequel and I Am Not Your Negro also in contention for British Academy's honors
A documentary about one of Britain's most acclaimed figures is now in the running for one of Britain's highest honors.
Jane, Brett Morgen's film on the life and work of primatologist Jane Goodall, earned a spot in the best documentary category as the BAFTA Awards nominations were announced early Tuesday. Jane will go up against City of Ghosts, Matthew Heineman's documentary about courageous citizen journalists in Raqqa, Syria, and Icarus, Bryan Fogel's film that exposed Russia's widespread sports doping operation, a scandal that earned the country a ban from this year's Olympic Winter Games.
Also earning nominations were An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, the followup to the Academy Award-winning An Inconvenient Truth, and I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck's Academy Award-nominated documentary based on unpublished writings of James Baldwin.
The EE British Academy Film Awards will be presented from the Royal Albert Hall on February 18. BBC One in Britain will broadcast the show, followed by an airing on BBC America.
Jane -- based largely on material shot for the National Geographic in the 1960s of Goodall researching wild chimpanzees in Gombe, Tanzania -- has won best documentary honors in the U.S. from the National Board of Review and the Critics' Choice Documentary Awards, among many other awards.
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on Deadline.com, CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and in Documentary magazine.