Documentary Nominees

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  • Outstanding Documentary – Theatrical

    Free-Angela

    Free Angela and All Political Prisoners

    winner
    (Codeblack Films/Lionsgate)

    Free Angela is a gripping historic account of the events that catapulted a young University of California philosophy professor into a controversial political icon in the turbulent late 1960's.

    20-feet

    20 Feet from Stardom

    (Tremolo & Gil Friesen Productions)

    The untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music.

    NEw-Black

    The New Black

    (Promised Land Film)

    The story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign.

    Call-Me-Ku

    Call Me Kuchu

    (Lindy Hop Pictures LLC)

    In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato, Uganda's first openly gay man, and retired Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo work against the clock to defeat state-sanctioned homophobia.

    Girls-Rising

    Girl Rising

    (The Documentary Group)

    Girl Rising tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, the brave girls offer hope and inspiration.

  • Outstanding Documentary – Television

    RichardPryor

    Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic

    winner
    (Showtime)

    Mike Epps, Richard Pryor Jr. and others recount the culture-defining influence of Richard Pryor - one of America's most brilliant, iconic comic minds - in this new documentary.

    MomsMabley

    Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley

    (HBO)

    One of today's most influential stars pays tribute to the legendary Jackie "Moms" Mabley, the pioneering African-American comedienne who was a trailblazer for a generation of comedians on the stage and on TV.

    VenusVs

    Venus Vs.

    (ESPN)

    In 2005, Venus Williams joined Billy Jean King, Maria Sharapova, Chris Evert and others in the crusade to convince Wimbledon and the French Open to offer equal prizes to men and women. Venus was backed by Tony Blair.

    Beyonce

    Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream

    (HBO)

    Iconic superstar Beyoncé headlines and directs her first HBO special, a feature-length verite film that fuses intimate behind-the-scenes footage with high-voltage performances from several recent shows.

    DarkGirls

    Dark Girls

    (OWN)

    DARK GIRLS is a fascinating and controversial film that goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices dark-skinned women face throughout the world. It explores the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures.

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