WATCH: The 2018 Critic’s Choice Documentary Awards Acceptance Speeches and Clips


An early indicator of success, the Critic’s Choice Awards often find themselves as one of the big proponents of the critical support for a film. In many cases, including “The Shape of Water” last year, they signal support for a film as it moves toward Best Picture. However, the Documentary Awards found their own home after the “Amy” won Best Documentary Feature. Now split into two shows, the 2018 Critic’s Choice Documentary Awards offer a look at the minutia of documentary filmmaking this year.

This year, some of the speeches for the winners really drew interest. Chief among them was Michael Moore, who finally completed his Oscar acceptance speech from 2003 after he was played off the stage. You can find the video below.

You can also find the acceptance speech from director Morgan Neville, who won Best Director and Best Documentary Feature. His film, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” focuses on the life and teachings of children’s television star Fred Rogers.

Finally, Julia Cohen and Betsy West, winners of Best Political documentary, gave an update on their subject. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, or “RBG,” had fallen earlier in the week, but was feeling much better by the time the awards rolled around.

The rest of the prizes were included below. Other films like “Free Solo,” and “Minding the Gap” had good nights to keep them in the conversation. Since 2010, the Critic’s Choice Documentary Feature prize has matched up with Oscar in four of the eight years. It will be interesting to see if “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” will continue on the path to Oscar, or if one of those films, or “Three Identical Strangers,” could upset the race.

2018 Critic’s Choice Documentary Awards

Best Documentary

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

Best Limited Documentary Series

“The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling”

Best Ongoing Documentary Series

“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”

Best Director

Morgan Neville for “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

Best First Time Director


Bing Liu for “Minding the Gap”

Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster for “Science Fair”

Best Political Documentary


Best Sports Documentary

“Free Solo”

Best Music Documentary


Most Innovative Documentary

“Free Solo”

Best Cinematography

“Free Solo”

Best Editing

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

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Be sure to check out the Official Oscar Predictions Page to see the documentary features rankings for this year’s contenders!