Before I go on, I'm quoting what Wikipedia published about area awards.Here are the nominees for documentary and nonfiction series.Area awards are non-competitive; any nominee with at least 90% approval receives an Emmy. If no nominee receives 90% approval, the nominee with the highest approval receives an Emmy; for area awards in picture editing and sound mixing, there is an additional requirement that the highest-rated nominee must have at least 50% approval.Consequently, all, some, one, or possibly even none of the nominees could earn awards in this category. That means I'm not going to put a lot of effort into handicapping these categories.
Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series (Area)"The Beatles: Get Back" and "We Need to Talk About Cosby" both have five nominations, "The Andy Warhol Diaries" has four, "100 Foot Wave" has two, and "jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy" has just this one. Only "100 Foot Wave" isn't about art or entertainment, which makes it my pick to be one of the two nominees most likely to not get 90% approval along with "jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy." Still, all five might make the cutoff and have their producers walk off the stage with Emmy statuettes.
The Andy Warhol Diaries (Netflix)
The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+)
jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy (Netflix)
100 Foot Wave (HBO/HBO Max)
We Need to Talk About Cosby (Showtime)
I'm doing today what I didn't do but should have done yesterday and embed the trailers for the two top nominees, beginning with The Beatles: Get Back | Official Trailer | Disney+.
The official trailer for #TheBeatlesGetBack is here! The Disney+ original docuseries, directed by Peter Jackson, will be arriving on Disney+ just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Made entirely from never-before-seen, restored footage, it provides the most intimate and honest glimpse into the creative process and relationship between John, Paul, George, and Ringo ever filmed. Be sure to check them both out, and don’t forget to watch “The Beatles: Get Back” when it rolls out over three days, November 25, 26, and 27, 2021, exclusively on Disney+.I'm getting very strong "Summer of Soul" vibes from this, just as I got "Being the Ricardos" vibes from "Lucy and Desi." Those aren't bad feelings, as some subjects deserve second looks and some ideas are good enough to be reused and applied to new subjects, but there was definitely something in the air and water the past couple of years besides COVID-19. Who knows, maybe revisiting the archives was the best thing to do in isolation.
Directed by three-time Oscar®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “They Shall Not Grow Old”), “The Beatles: Get Back” takes audiences back in time to the band’s January 1969 recording sessions, which became a pivotal moment in music history. The docuseries showcases The Beatles’ creative process as they attempt to write 14 new songs in preparation for their first live concert in over two years. Faced with a nearly impossible deadline, the strong bonds of friendship shared by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr are put to the test. The docuseries is compiled from nearly 60 hours of unseen footage shot over 21 days, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969, and from more than 150 hours of unheard audio, most of which has been locked in a vault for over half a century. Jackson is the only person in 50 years to have been given access to this Beatles treasure trove, all of which has now been brilliantly restored. What emerges is an unbelievably intimate portrait of The Beatles, showing how, with their backs against the wall, they could still rely on their friendship, good humor, and creative genius. While plans derail and relationships are put to the test, some of the world’s most iconic songs are composed and performed. The docuseries features – for the first time in its entirety – The Beatles’ last live performance as a group, the unforgettable rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row, as well as other songs and classic compositions featured on the band’s final two albums, Abbey Road and Let It Be.
Next, a trailer I've been dreading, We Need To Talk About Cosby (2022) Official Trailer | SHOWTIME Documentary Series.
Writer/director W. Kamau Bell’s exploration of Bill Cosby’s descent from “America’s Dad” to alleged sexual predator. Comedians, journalists and Cosby survivors have a candid, first of its kind conversation about the man, his career and his crimes.Now I'm going to recycle some ideas, my reaction to the nominations for "Allen v. Farrow.
A four-part docuseries directed by W. Kamau Bell, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT COSBY wrestles with the conversations of the #MeToo movement, focusing on Bill Cosby’s descent from “America’s Dad” to alleged sexual predator. The series explores the complex story of Cosby’s life and work, weighing his actions against his indisputable global influence through interviews with comedians, cultural commentators, journalists and women who share their most personal, harrowing encounters with Cosby. Through archival footage, Cosby reveals who he may have been all along – the antithesis of the principled, public figure who became a hero, not only to African American people but to all people. Peeling back complex layers of the African American icon, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT COSBY offers viewers the chance to reconsider his mark in a society where rape culture, toxic masculinity, capitalism and white supremacy is shaping how we re-evaluate sex, power and agency.
Not only is this an entertainment story, it's a legal story, so it aligns with my interest in shows that have a political or government component. That means I feel like I have a legitimate interest in covering it beyond just examining entertainment in general. That doesn't mean I'm happy about it.Now for a paraphrase of my contrasting reactions to "Secrets of the Whales" and "Allen v. Farrow": I love music and watching the trailer for "The Beatles: Get Back" made me happy. In contrast, watching the trailer for "We Need To Talk About Cosby" shocked, saddened, and disgusted me, as I expected. I felt dirtier after watching it, not smarter and happier. However, I remember feeling worse about "Allen v. Farrow." Whatever Cosby did, it wasn't to his own family and he was punished for his alleged crimes.
Now for the other nonfiction series category.
Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special (Area)"Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy" has the most nominations with five and is the returning winner, so I think it's guaranteed to get an Emmy statuette. I'm not as sure about the rest, I wouldn't be surprised if all of them earned an Emmy. "The Problem with Jon Stewart" is in second with two nominations, while are tied with while "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman," "Vice," and "The World According to Jeff Goldblum" all have one each, but the last three have been nominated in this category before and "Vice" won in 2014.
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman (Netflix)
The Problem with Jon Stewart (Apple TV+)
Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (CNN)
The World According to Jeff Goldblum (Disney+)
Follow over the jump for the categories I covered in 'Lucy and Desi' leads Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special nominees with six nominations and Barack Obama nominated for Outstanding Narrator of 'Our Great National Parks' at the 2022 Emmy Awards.
Between Bell and Jackson, I'd put my money on Jackson. In consolation, I'm embedding Gold Derby's W. Kamau Bell ('We Need to Talk About Cosby') on when he first knew Bill Cosby had separate personas.Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction ProgramThe two documentary or nonfiction special nominees are "George Carlin's American Dream" and "Lucy and Desi," both of which have Emmy winners as directors, Judd Apatow for the former and Amy Poehler for the latter. Based on their track records, I think Apatow and his co-director Michael Bonfiglio have the edge because they've won Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special for "The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling" while Poehler's Emmy was for Guest Actress in a Comedy. Apatow and Bonfiglio have experience in this category, while Poehler doesn't. That doesn't mean either will win, as they are competing against Oscar-winner Peter Jackson and Emmy-winner W. Kamau Bell, both of whom are also examining entertainers. I'll write more about them when I look at documentary and nonfiction series.
The Andy Warhol Diaries: "Shadows: Andy & Jed" – Andrew Rossi (Netflix)
The Beatles: Get Back: "Part 3: Days 17-22" – Peter Jackson (Disney+)
George Carlin's American Dream – Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio (HBO/HBO Max)
Lucy and Desi – Amy Poehler (Prime Video)
Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy: "Venice" – Ian Denyer (CNN)
We Need to Talk About Cosby: "Part 1" – W. Kamau Bell (Showtime)
W. Kamau Bell ('We Need to Talk About Cosby' director) tells when he first knew Bill Cosby had separate personas. The Showtime documentary is about his career while also telling the stories of women alleging that he drugged and sexually assaulted. Gold Derby's Charles Bright hosts this webchat.The contrast between the public and private selves is really striking. So is using Cosby as a lens to examine America.
Despite my featuring "We Need to Talk About Cosby," I'm not sure it will win, despite Bell's "United Shades of America" winning an Emmy for picture editing four years ago. Instead, my gut tells me "The Beatles: Get Back" is the favorite.Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction ProgramAs I've mentioned above, a lot of these nominees are about entertainment, including art and music. This is true of the nominees in this category. The exception is "The Tinder Swindler," which is a true crime story. It's the second closest to one of my usual themes for these entries, government and politics, the other being science and nature. Both are nearly absent this year. The closest to government and politics is "George Carlin's American Dream," which has a lot of political and social commentary from the late subject of the documentary. Because of that and because I've been a fan of Carlin's for 50 years, I'm rooting for it to win at least one Emmy, although I suspect its best shot is in Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program.
The Beatles: Get Back: "Part 3: Days 17-22" – Jabez Olssen (Disney+)
George Carlin's American Dream – Joseph Beshenkovsky (HBO / HBO Max)
Lucy and Desi – Robert A. Martinez, Dan Reed, and Inaya Graciana Yusuf (Prime Video)
Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy: "Venice" – Hamit Shonpal (CNN)
The Tinder Swindler – Julian Hart (Netflix)
We Need to Talk About Cosby: "Part 1" – Meg Ramsay and Jennifer Brooks (Showtime)
This is the first of two categories in which Paul McCartney is competing against the band that made him famous. I also think the series featuring him has the best chance of beating "The Beatles: Get Back."Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera)All three of the most nominated documentary or nonfiction specials have been nominated in this category, although I think that music nominees have the best chances, all things being equal, so I suspect "The Beatles: Get Back" is the favorite.
The Beatles: Get Back: "Part 3: Days 17-22" – Martin Kwok, Emile De La Rey, Matt Stutter, Michael Donaldson, Stephen Gallagher, Tane Upjohn-Beatson, Simon Riley (Disney+)
George Carlin's American Dream – Bobby Mackston, Matt Temple, Joseph Beshenkovsky (HBO / HBO Max)
Lucy and Desi – Anthony Vanchure, Daniel Pagan, Mike James Gallagher, Jason Tregoe Newman, Bryant Furhman (Prime Video) McCartney 3,2,1: "The People We Loved Were Loving Us!" – Jonathan Greber, Leff Lefferts, Bjorn Ole Schroeder, E. Larry Oatfield, Kim Foscato (Hulu)
The Tinder Swindler – Maria Kelly, Chad Orororo, Nirupama Rajendran (Netflix)
I repeat what I wrote about "McCartney 3,2,1" having the best chance to upset "The Beatles: Get Back."Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera) (Area)The reality shows have a strong showing in this category, so I'll reexamine it when I write about them.
The Beatles: Get Back: "Part 3: Days 17-22" – Michael Hedges, Brent Burge, Alexis Feodoroff, Giles Martin (Disney+)
George Carlin's American Dream – Earl Martin, Jason Gaya, Brad Bergbom, Kevin Rosen Quan (HBO / HBO Max)
Lizzo's Watch Out for the Big Grrrls: "Becoming 100% That Bitch" – Erik Brena, Ross D'Alessandro, Julianne Kane, Deanna Decenario (Prime Video)
McCartney 3,2,1: "These Things Bring You Together" – Gary A. Rizzo, Laura Cunningham (Hulu)
RuPaul's Drag Race: "Big Opening #1" – Erik Valenzuela, David Nolte, Glenn Gaines (VH1)
Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy: "Venice" – Tom O'Pray, Renato Ferrari (CNN)
Because of that caveat, I suspect "The Andy Warhol Diaries" have a better chance to upset "Lucy and Desi" than "How To with John Wilson." I'm not sure how to handicap "The Problem with Jon Stewart."Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program"The Tindler Swindler" is the only documentary or nonfiction special in this category to earn a nomination at the Television Critics Association Awards, although "George Carlin's American Dream," nominated in other categories, earned a nomination for Outstanding Achievement in News and Information as well. There, both are competing against "How To with John Wilson," also nominated in this category. Of course, the creators are voting on these awards, not the critics. As I nearly always write in these entries, electorates matter.
The Andy Warhol Diaries: "Shadows: Andy & Jed" – Andrew Rossi (Netflix)
How To with John Wilson: "How To Appreciate Wine" – John Wilson, Michael Koman, Susan Orlean, Conner O'Malley (HBO)
Lucy and Desi – Mark Monroe (Prime Video)
The Problem with Jon Stewart – Chelsea Devantez, Jon Stewart, Kristen Acimovic (Apple TV+)
The Tinder Swindler – Felicity Morris (Netflix)
Here is Flying Lotus - They Call Me Magic (Main Title Theme).Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Score)These are the only nominations for "14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible," "Return to Space," and "They Call Me Magic," demonstrating that the music peer group is paying attention to different shows than the rest of the Television Academy, which I noticed when "The Good Fight" earned nominations for its music. That doesn't mean it will win, but at least they're recognized.
14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible – Nainita Desai (Netflix)
Lucy and Desi – David Schwartz (Prime Video)
Return to Space – Mychael Danna and Harry Gregson-Williams (Netflix)
They Call Me Magic: "Earvin" – Terence Blanchard (Apple TV+)
The Tinder Swindler – Jessica Jones (Netflix)
I'll have to listen to the rest of the nominees before making a prediction.
I close by repeating what I wrote for Barack Obama nominated for Outstanding Narrator of 'Our Great National Parks' at the 2022 Emmy Awards.
Former President Obama's stiffest competition is undoubtedly Sir David Attenborough, who has six Emmy Awards to his name, three Creative Arts Emmys for Outstanding Narrator in 2018, 2019, and 2020, and three News and Documentary Emmy Awards, two for Outstanding Nature Programming and one for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Writing. Ironically, Obama's first Emmy nomination was for "David Attenborough Meets President Obama" at the News and Documentary Emmy Awards, so the two have a history. These are Lupita Nyong'o and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's second nominations for Outstanding Narrator at the Emmys, but both lost to Sir David in 2020. While it's his first nomination for Outstanding Narrator, W. Kamau Bell has won three Creative Arts Emmy Awards for "United Shades of America."Now for the other category I covered in the second installment of this series.
Here is the entire field.I'm now done with nonfiction nominee other than short form, which I'm going to cover with variety and reality nominees, where I think they fit better. Stay tuned.Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction ProgramAll of these nominees have nominations in other categories. "Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy" has the most nominations with five, including Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special, Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program, and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program. "The Andy Warhol Diaries" has four, Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series, Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program, and Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program in addition to this category. "McCartney 3,2,1" earned three nominations, including Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera) and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program. Both "100 Foot Wave" and "We Feed People" have two, Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series for the former and Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special for the latter. I will be looking at all of these in upcoming posts, after which I might venture a guess as to the winner.
The Andy Warhol Diaries: "Collab: Andy & Basquiat" – Wolfgang Held (Netflix)
McCartney 3,2,1: "These Things Bring You Together" – Stuart Winecoff (Hulu)
100 Foot Wave: "Chapter IV: Dancing with God" – Mike Prickett, Laurent Pujol (HBO / HBO Max)
Our Great National Parks: "Chilean Patagonia" – Christiaan Muñoz-Salas, Ignacio Walker (Netflix)
Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy: "Venice" – Andrew Muggleton (CNN)
We Feed People – Kris Kaczor (Disney+)
Previous posts about the 2022 Emmy Awards
- 'Teenage Dream' and 'The Lost Class' — two PSAs about gun violence nominated for Outstanding Commercial at the 2022 Emmy Awards
- Barack Obama nominated for Outstanding Narrator of 'Our Great National Parks' at the 2022 Emmy Awards
- 'Lucy and Desi' leads Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special nominees with six nominations