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Emmy Nominees for Documentary and Nonfiction

Four docs lead the pack with five nominations each

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Four documentaries lead the field in the non-fiction categories for this year’s Emmy nominations. Lucy and Desi  topped with six nominations, while The Beatles: Get Back, George Carlin’s American Dream, and Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy each received five nominations. All four were nominated for direction, while Get Back is a nominee in the series category and George Carlin’s American Dream and Lucy and Desi are nominated in the documentary or non-fiction special race, while Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy is up for outstanding hosted series. On their heels are The Andy Warhol Diaries and The Tinder Swindler with four nominations each.

The full list of documentary/nonfiction Emmy nominations are as follows:


Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program

Judd Apatow, Michael Bonfiglio – George Carlin’s American Dream

Kamau Bell – We Need to Talk About Cosby

Ian Denyer – Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy

Peter Jackson – The Beatles: Get Back

Amy Poehler – Lucy and Desi

Andrew Rossi – The Andy Warhol Diaries


Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series

100 Foot Wave

The Andy Warhol Diaries

The Beatles: Get Back

jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy

We Need to Talk About Cosby


Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special

Controlling Britney Spears (New York Times Presents)

George Carlin’s American Dream

Lucy and Desi

The Tinder Swindler

We Feed People


Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy

The Problem with Jon Stewart

The World According to Jeff Goldblum



Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking

Changing the Game – Alex Schmider, Clare Tucker

Frederick Douglass: in Five Speeches – Nancy Abraham; Oluwaseum Babalola; Henry Louis Gates, Jr; Lisa Heller; Dyllan McGee; Sara Rodriguez

When Claude Got Shot – Steven Cantor, Brad Lichtenstein, Jamie Schutz


Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program

The Andy Warhol Diaries – Andrew Rossi

How to with John Wilson – Michael Korman, Connor O’Malley, Susan Orlean, John Wilson

Lucy and Desi – Mark Monroe

The Problem with Jon Stewart – Kristen Acimovic, Chelsea Devantez, Jon Stewart

The Tinder Swindler – Felicity Morris


Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program

100 Foot Wave – Mike Prickett, Laurent Pujol

The Andy Warhol Diaries – Wolfgang Held

McCartney 3, 2, 1 – Stuart Winecoff

Our Great National Parks – Christiaan Muñoz-Salas, Ignacio Walker

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy – Andrew Muggleton

We Feed People – Kris Kaczor


Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program

The Beatles: Get Back – Jabez Olssen

George Carlin’s American Dream – Joseph Beshenkovsky, ACE

Lucy and Desi – Robert A. Martinez, Dan Reed, Inaya Graciana Yusuf

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy  – Hamit Shonpal

The Tinder Swindler – Julian Hart

We Need to Talk About Cosby – Jennifer Brooks, Meg Ramsay


Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera)

The Beatles: Get Back – Brent Burge, Michael Hedges, Alexis Feodoroff, Giles Martin

George Carlin’s American Dream – Brad Bergbom, Jason Gaya, Earl Marin, Kevin Rosen Quan

Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls – Erik Brena, Ross D’Alessandro, Deanna Decenario, Julianne Kane

McCartney 3, 2, 1 – Laura Cunningham; Gary A. Rizzo, CAS

RuPaul’s Drag Race – Glenn Gaines, David Nolte, Erik Valenzuela

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy – Renato Ferrari, Tom O’Pray


Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera)

The Beatles: Get Back – Emile De La Rey, Michael Donaldson, Stephen Gallagher, Martin Kwok, Simon Riley, Matt Stutter, Tane Upjohn-Beatson

George Carlin’s American Dream – Joseph Beshenkovsky, Bobby Mackston, Matt Temple

Lucy and Desi – Bryant Furhman, Mike James Gallagher, Jason Tregoe Newman, Daniel Pagan, Anthony Vanchure

McCartney 3, 2, 1 – Kim Foscato, Jonarhan Greber, Leff Lefferts, E. Larry Oatfield, Bjorn Ole Schroeder


Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Score)

14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible  – Nainita Desai

Lucy and Desi – David Schwartz

Return to Space – Mychael Danna, Harry Gregson-Williams

The Tinder Swindler – Jessica Jones

They Call Me Magic – Terence Blanchard

Pat Mullen is the publisher of POV Magazine. He holds a Master’s in Film Studies from Carleton University where his research focused on adaptation and Canadian cinema. Pat has also contributed to outlets including The Canadian Encyclopedia, Paste, That Shelf, Sharp, Xtra, and Complex. He is the vice president of the Toronto Film Critics Association and an international voter for the Golden Globe Awards.

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