Rather than wait a few more days until the month of December, The Solzy Awards for Documentaries are being honored this month for 2019.
Earlier this month, I voted in my first-ever Critic’s Choice Documentary Awards. Some of these awards do match how I voted during the CCDA. However, there were some instances in which my preferred documentary was not a nominee earlier this month. In other instances, some of my categories were not a category up for voting during those awards. With no further adieu, I present the the Solzy Awards for Documentaries in 2019.
Before getting to the overall honors, I want to state that it’s been another great year for documentaries. Sundance kicked off a solid film year with plenty of documentaries to fall in love with. There have been a few docs that have been close to my heart since I first watched them: Apollo 11, Sea of Shadows, and The River and The Wall. The latter of which shows what is going to happen if a wall gets built. While people choose to focus on immigration, they ignore an eco-system already in place. Worst of all, they’d rather American families not have access to parts of their property.
Best Documentary Feature: Apollo 11
Best Director: Todd Douglas Miller, Apollo 11
Best Cinematography: Richard Ladkani, Sea of Shadows
Best Editing: Apollo 11
Best Score: Matt Morton, Apollo 11
Best Narration: Nanfu Wang, One Child Nation
Best First Documentary Feature: Midge Costin, Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound
Best Archival Documentary: Apollo 11
Best Biographical Documentary: Raise Hell: The Life And Times of Molly Ivins
Best Comedic Documentary: Penguins
Best Film Documentary (tie): Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound, Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace
Best Holocaust Documentary: Who Will Write Our History
Best LGBTQ Documentary (Tie): The Most Dangerous Year, State of Pride
Best Music Documentary: Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles
Best Political Documentary (Tie): Sea of Shadows, The River and The Wall
Best Science/Nature Documentary: Apollo 11
Stay tuned for more of The Solzy Awards in mid-to-late December!