The Solzy Awards for Documentaries in 2020 honor the best of the documentary films that were released during the past year.
Last month, I voted in my second-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 2020.
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. Obviously, the year did not go as scheduled. There have been a few docs that have been close to my heart since I first watched them: All In: The Fight for Democracy, Disclosure: Trans Lives On Screen, and Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes. There are no shortage of political documentaries this year.
Best Documentary Feature (Tie): All In: The Fight for Democracy, Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen
Best Documentary Series: Hillary
Best Director: Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés, All In: The Fight for Democracy
Best Cinematography (TIE): Emily Topper, Miss Americana; Kirsten Johnson, Dick Johnson is Dead
Best Editing: Lindy Jankura, Alexis Johnson and Alex Keipper, Totally Under Control
Best Score: Marco Beltrami, Brandon Roberts and Buck Sanders, The Way I See It
Best Archival Documentary (TIE): Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes, Belushi
Almost Music: My Darling Vivian
Nature: Dolphin Reef
Political (TIE): All In: The Fight for Democracy, The Way I See It, John Lewis: Good Trouble, Totally Under Control, 537 Votes
Sports: Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes (Runner-up: Athlete A)
Best Documentary That Makes You Nostalgic For Browsing The Aisle Rather Than Spend A Hour Between A Gazillion Streaming Services Deciding What Too Watch: The Last Blockbuster
Best Non-Released Documentary: No Ordinary Man, REDACTED TITLE THAT REMAINS UNDER EMBARGO