The Solzy Awards for Documentaries in 2022 honor the best of the documentary films that were released during the past year.
I’m a member of the Critics Choice Association’s Documentary Branch so I’ve had to watch a lot of documentaries this year. This would have run sooner but there were some additional documentaries that I needed to watch before publishing. One of them was a three-part documentary that I put off until I could give it my undivided attention despite the emotional toll that it would take in viewing the film.
Best Documentaries of the Year
- Good Night Oppy
- The U.S. and the Holocaust
- Groucho and Cavett
- If These Walls Could Sing
- George Carlin’s American Dream
- A Tree of Life
- Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen
- Fire of Love
- The Redeem Team
- Lucy and Desi
Best Documentary Feature: Good Night Oppy
Best Documentary Series: The U.S. and the Holocaust
Best Director: Ryan White, Good Night Oppy
Best First Documentary Feature (Tie): Mary McCartney, If These Walls Could Sing; Amy Poehler, Lucy and Desi
Best Editing: Helen Kearns, Good Night Oppy; Joe Beshenkovsky, George Carlin’s American Dream
Best Score: Blake Neely, Good Night Oppy
Best Narration: Good Night Oppy, Written by Ryan White & Helen Kearns; Performed by Angela Bassett
Best Archival Documentary (TIE): Groucho and Cavett, Fire of Live
Best Comedy Documentary (TIE): Groucho and Cavett, George Carlin’s American Dream
Best Historical Documentary: The U.S. and the Holocaust
Best Biographical Documentary (Tie): “Sr.”, George Carlin’s American Dream, Sidney, Lucy and Desi
Best Music Documentary: If These Walls Could Sing
Best Political Documentary: Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down
Best Science/Nature Documentary: Good Night Oppy
Best Basketball Documentary: The Redeem Team
Best Baseball Documentary: Say Hey, Willie Mays!
Best LGBTQ Documentary: Framing Agnes
Best Documentary Short: Queer and Frum
The Solzy Awards for Film in 2022 will run later this year.
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