It’s NatGeo vs HBO at the 2022 Documentary PGA Awards

Nanfu Wang’s “In the Same Breath” goes up against “The Rescue”, by the Oscar-winning filmmakers “Free Solo”.

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has revealed eight 2022 Documentary Film nominations that will advance to the final round of voting for the 33rd Annual Producers Guild Awards. Documentaries are selected by a Documentary Nominee Jury, which consists of at least fifty documentary filmmakers choosing between three and eight motion picture nonfiction nominations. Approximately 8,000 PGA members will make their selection ahead of the 33rd annual American Manufacturers Association Awards Ceremony on Saturday, February 26, 2022.

With the documentary awards sector so overcrowded, being seen is the first order. Box office buzz isn’t a factor in this pandemic year, which gives deep-pocketed distributors like NatGeo an advantage. It has a long list of strong, widely seen contenders that have yielded two of eight PGA nominations: Thai cave thriller “The Rescue” and COVID diaries “First Wave.” “. HBO also has two nominations, Nanfu Wang’s portrayal of China during COVID, “In One Breath,” and Megan Mylan’s documentary about Syrian migrants “Simple As Water.”

Producers Guild Award winners sometimes repeat on Oscar night. Last year, producer Craig Foster won the PGA Award for Outstanding Documentary Producer for the hit Netflix series “My Octopus Teacher,” which chronicles Foster’s relationship with an octopus off the coast of South America. Fly; The film also won an Oscar, as did PGA winners such as “The Cove,” “Searching for Sugar Man,” “Amy,” and “OJ: Made in America.”

But several PGA winners have not received Oscar nominations, including “Apollo 11,” “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” “Jane,” and “Life Itself.”



The films nominated for Outstanding Producer of a Documentary Feature are listed below in alphabetical order. Six are listed as the leaders in Best Documentary Oscar Prediction.

Jessica Kingdon “Ascension” (MTV documentary)
By Matt Heineman “First Wave” (NatGeo)
Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s “Escape” (Neon)
Nanfu Wang’s “Let’s roll” (HBO documentary)
E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s “Rescue” (NatGeo)
egan Mylan’s “Simple as water” (HBO documentary)
Ahmir (“Questlove”) Thompson’s “Summer of the Soul (…Or, when the revolution can’t be televised)” (Searchlight)
Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas’ “Written with Fire” (Music Box Movie)

Nominations for sports, children’s and short-form television programs will be announced on Thursday, January 13. Nominations for Motion Picture, Animated Feature, Drama/ Specials and TV Series/Online will be announced on Thursday, January. 27.

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Aila Slisco

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