The 2020 Grierson Awards nominations are in

The 2020 Grierson Awards nominations are in

We are delighted to announce the final nominations for the 48th annual British Documentary Awards, in association with All3Media.

The 2020 list includes 52 films across 14 categories with David Olusoga, Emily Maitlis, Mobeen Azhar and Stacey Dooley in the Best Documentary Presenter category.

Of the 52 nominated films, 21 were broadcast on BBC channels. For the second year running, Netflix outstrips Channel 4 with nine nominations to Channel 4's five. ITV and Al Jazeera have two apiece whilst nominations newcomer YouTube Originals joins Channel 5, National Geographic and Discovery receiving one listing each. Festival, university and cinematic screenings make up the remaining 13.

This year, four films have the double honour of featuring in multiple categories. They are:

  • War in the Blood features in the line up for Best Single Domestic and Best Science categories.
  • Crip Camp receives nominations as Best Single International and Best Historical Documentary.
  • Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain is up for Best Historical and Best Series prizes.
  • Hometown: A Killing makes the Best Series category with Mobeen Azhar receiving a Best Presenter nomination.

See the full list of nominees

Announcing the nominations, Chair of The Grierson Trust, Lorraine Heggessey says: "This has been a difficult year for the production community and particularly for freelancers, so it’s more important than ever to recognise and celebrate the excellence of so many talented film makers, whether they are newcomers or established global names. These nominations demonstrate the relevance and versatility of documentaries, with their ability to highlight a wide range of contemporary issues and bring new stories to the screens on well-established channels as well as on newer platforms."

Meeting virtually last week, the jury panels included industry specialists and experts from across factual filmmaking, including filmmakers Louis Theroux, Gurinder Chadha, Asif Kapadia; scientist Simon Singh; historian Bettany Hughes; visual artist Zak Ove; presenter Katie Piper; former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls; broadcaster Monty Halls; actor Thandie Newton; actor and comedian Russell Brand; and, journalists George Alagiah, Rachel Johnson, Nina Nannar, Amol Rajan, Sophie Raworth and Sian Williams, alongside commissioners, producers, editors and directors from across the documentary world.

Considered the Oscars of the documentary world and now in their 48th year, the Grierson Awards celebrate the best in documentary filmmaking. Winning a Grierson carries prestige and allure for factual filmmakers across the globe.

The recipient of the 2020 BBC Grierson Trustees Award will be announced next month.

We are grateful for the continued support of All3Media and category sponsors Envy, The Open University, Storm, Channel 5, Sargent-Disc, Discovery, Netflix, Channel 4, BFI Doc Society Fund, The Rumi Foundation, Warner Bros. Television Production and BBC. This year, the Trust warmly welcomes YouTube Originals and Real Stories to its family of supporters with Little Dot Studios as Digital Broadcast Partner for the event on 10 November.

Published: 21 September 2020

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