Tue. Oct 20th, 2020

International Documentary Association (IDA) Winners: O.J.: Made in America, 13TH and The White Helmets Triumph


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The 32nd annual International Documentary Association Awards was held last night and the ESPN doc O.J.: Made in America came out the winner of the Best Feature Award. The film is sweeping the critics’ awards this season, grabbing wins from Gotham, the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle. It is on the Oscar shortlist for Documentary Feature and already the favorite to win there if nominated. Ezra Edelman’s sprawling, nearly 8-hour doc has taken some heat for not being a true feature but a television event pushed to theaters. Last year’s winner, The Look of Silence, lost the Oscar to Amy.

Other top docs, such as I Am Not Your Negro, Cameraperson and Fire at Sea won in the tech categories. All are finalists for a Documentary Feature Oscar nomination.

The White Helmets, the story of Syria’s first responders which is on the shortlist for the Oscar, won the Best Short Award. The Emmy-winning Making a Murder won the Best Limited Series Award. Ava DuVernay’s 13TH won the ABC News VideoSource Award and previously announced honorees included director and producer Stanley Nelson (Career Achievement Award), IDFA founder Ally Derks (Pioneer Award), Lyn and Norman Lear (Amicus Award), and Hooligan Sparrow director Nanfu Wang (Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award).

Here is the full list of winners:

Best Feature Award
“O.J.: Made in America”
Director: Ezra Edelman
Producers: Deirdre Fenton, Libby Geist, Nina Krstic, Erin Leyden, Tamara Rosenberg, Connor Schell and Caroline Waterlow

Best Short Award
“The White Helmets”
Director: Orlando von Einsiedel
Producer: Joanna Natasegara

Best Curated Series Award
“DR2 Dokumania”
Executive Producer: Mette Hoffmann Meyer

Best Limited Series Award
“Making a Murderer”
Executive Producers: Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi

Best Episodic Series Award
“Last Chance U”
Executive Producers: Joe LaBracio, Dawn Ostroff, Lucas Smith, James Stern and Greg Whiteley

Best Short Form Series Award
“Field of Vision”
Executive Producers: Charlotte Cook, Laura Poitras and AJ Schnack

David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award
“4.1 Miles”
Director: Daphne Matziaraki (UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism)

ABC News VideoSource Award
Director: Ava DuVernay

Pare Lorentz Award
“Starless Dreams”
Director: Mehrdad Oskouei

Best Cinematography
“Fire at Sea”
Cinematography by: Gianfranco Rosi

Best Editing
Edited by: Nels Bangerter

Best Writing
“I Am Not Your Negro”
James Baldwin material compiled and edited by Raoul Peck

Best Music
“The Bad Kids”
Original Score by: Jacaszek

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