Critics' Choice Doc Awards: 'Biggest Little Farm,' AOC Film 'Knock Down the House,' Obama-Backed 'American Factory' Among Nominees

9:00 AM 10/14/2019

by Katherine Schaffstall

'Leaving Neverland,' 'Apollo 11,' 'One Child Nation,' 'They Shall Not Grow Old,' 'The Cave' and 'Aquarela' are among the other high-profile titles up for awards at the Brooklyn ceremony, set to take place on Sunday, Nov. 10.

'The Biggest Little Farm'
'The Biggest Little Farm'
Courtesy of TIFF

The nominees for the fourth annual Critics' Choice Documentary Awards were announced Monday.

The Biggest Little Farm leads this year's nominations with seven, including for documentary feature, director, cinematography, editing, score, narration and science/nature documentary.

Apollo 11 and They Shall Not Grow Old follow closely behind with six noms each, with both being featured in the documentary feature and director categories.

One Child Nation received five mentions, including for documentary feature, director, editing, narration and political documentary.

Meanwhile, The Cave, Honeyland, American Factory, Aquarela and Sea of Shadows all received four noms each.

In addition to handing out awards including best first documentary feature, archival documentary, music documentary, sports documentary, most innovative documentary and most compelling living subjects of a documentary, the Critics' Choice Documentary Awards will also honor filmmaker Frederick Wiseman with the D.A. Pennebaker Award. The prize, which was formerly known as the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award, is named after the legendary documentarian, who died in August.

Acclaimed director Michael Apted will receive the Landmark Award for his extraordinary and unparalleled achievement with the Up series. Apted just added 63 Up to this historic filmography.

"As the film and television industry constantly evolves, documentaries remain a vibrant creative art form that entertains as well as informs," CCA CEO Joey Berlin said Monday in a statement. "The CCA has the privilege to publicly support and celebrate the outstanding work of these artists, while at the same time providing media consumers with help in making informed and smart choices as they face more decisions about 'what to watch' than ever before. We are proud that our awards event has become a valuable way to help people ‘find the good stuff’ and to help filmmakers find their audiences."

The 2019 Critics' Choice Documentary Awards winners will be announced Sunday, Nov. 10, at a gala event at BRIC in Brooklyn. Property Brothers star Jonathan Scott will serve as host.

A full list of nominees follows.