'Sicko' among nominees for IDA honors


The five nominated features in the 23rd annual International Documentary Assn. Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards competition were announced Thursday, and "Crazy Love," "Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience," "Sicko," "Taxi to the Dark Side" and "A Walk to Beautiful" made the cut.

Winners will be announced at the IDA Awards gala benefit Dec. 7 at the DGA Theatre in Los Angeles.

Nominees in the short-film category are "Black and White," "Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy," "The Fighting Cholitas," "Freeheld," and "A Son's Sacrifice." Nominated programs in the continuing series competition are "30 Days" (FX), "American Experience" (PBS), "American Masters" (PBS), "This American Life" (Showtime) and "Wide Angle: Season Five" (PBS). Limited-series category noms are "Addiction" (HBO), "Coming Out Stories" (Logo), "The Hill" (Sundance Channel) and "The Supreme Court" (PBS).

The IDA also will present the ABCNews VideoSource Award for the best utilization of television news footage as an integral component of the work; the Pare Lorentz Award to the filmmaker whose documentary best represents the activist spirit and lyrical vision of Pare Lorentz, who was the first recipient of the IDA Career Achievement Award; and the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award.