With the Emmys filtering what goes into Best Documentary or Best Nonfiction Special, films like Lucy and Desi stand out.
Last year’s winners: “State of the Boys”
Still eligible: no
Hot Series: Last year Apple TV+ won its first Emmy in the category, ending a three-year streak HBO had for it.
Notable ineligible series: “Summer of Soul,” “Attica,” and “Writing With Fire” (all of which are ineligible for Emmys, having chased Oscars earlier this year)
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Outstanding documentary or non-fiction specials have become a fluid category for a variety of reasons. First, there’s also a juried category called Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking, which receives a decent number of submissions from worthy films. For example, last year the lively Netflix documentary Dick Johnson is Dead was nominated in this category. Next, despite what the Hulu FYC website says, TV Academy still has in its rules that any film that vied for the Oscars is ineligible for an Emmy, so goodbye “Summer of Soul”.
What remains are a number of artistically focused projects, whether it’s the continued horror of Controlling Britney Spears, a throwback to comedy pioneers Lucy and Desi in action, Insecure: The End, or new beginnings with Just Like That… : The documentary film.”
Perhaps the most notable was “Janet Jackson,” a major event for Lifetime, but “Phoenix Rising” was as newsworthy as it was harrowing.
Current candidates (in alphabetical order):
“9/11: In the President’s War Room” (Apple TV+)
“And Just Like That…: The Documentary” (HBO Max)
“Changing the Game” (Hulu)
“Control of Britney Spears” (FX)
“Downfall: The Case Against Boeing” (Netflix)
“Fauci” (National Geographic)
“Uncertain: The End” (HBO)
“Janet Jackson.” (Lifespan)
“Company with Sondheim” (PBS)
“Lucy and Desi” (Amazon Prime Video)
“Phoenix Rising” (HBO)
Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off (HBO)
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