SR., from left: Robert Downey Sr., Robert Downey Jr., 2022. © Netflix /Courtesy Everett Collection
ManOfTheCenturyMovie Awards 2023 Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Documentary or Non-Fiction Special

2023 Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Documentary or Non-Fiction Special

SR., from left: Robert Downey Sr., Robert Downey Jr., 2022. © Netflix /Courtesy Everett Collection

We’ll be updating this article throughout the season, along with all of our predictions, so be sure to keep checking IndieWire for the latest news from the 2023 Emmy race. Nomination voting will run June 15-26, with nominees official at the Emmys announced Wednesday, July 12. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be presented on two consecutive nights on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10, with a curated presentation of the ceremonies airing on FXX at a later date. Finally, the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, September 18 and will air live on FOX at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.

The state of the breed

“The Apollo” is different from “Boys State”, which is different from “George Carlin’s American Dream”. There’s no consensus these days about what kind of project makes a great documentary or a non-fiction special Emmy winner.

That said, it’s hard to believe that after Judd Apatow’s documentary Carlin was feted at last year’s awards, it’s completely coincidental that most of the 2023 contenders profile celebrities. This means that the films are often praised for their differentiating factors. “Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie” (Apple TV+) and “Pamela: A Love Story” (Netflix), two likely candidates, are both stories of resilience. “Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields” (Hulu) and “Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me” (Apple TV+) explain what fame does to a young mind and how to find ways to survive in the spotlight.

There is also a trend of filmmakers making films about their famous parents, although this concept manifests itself in a variety of ways. “Love to Love You: Donna Summer” (HBO), directed by Summer’s daughter Brooklyn Sudano and Emmy winner Roger Ross Williams, is the most traditional portrait of an artist, even if the history of music comes after showing how ‘was life for the disco queen. “If These Walls Could Sing” (Disney +) is the story of the Abbey Road studio made famous by director Mary McCartney’s father and his band, the Beatles. Finally, “’Sr.’” (Netflix) begins with Robert Downey Jr. taking audiences through his father Robert Downey Sr.’s pioneering independent film career, and turns into a feature film simultaneously covering the late director’s last days .

Current contenders (in alphabetical order):
“Being Mary Tyler Moore” (HBO)
“If These Walls Could Sing” (Disney+)
“Jason Isbell: Running With Your Eyes Closed” (HBO)
“Judy Blume Forever” (Prime Video)
“Love, Lizzo” (Max)
“Love for Loving You: Donna Summer” (HBO)
“Pamela: A Love Story” (Netflix)
“Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields” (Hulu)
“Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me” (Apple TV+)
“Sidney” (Apple TV+)
“Sin Eater: The Crimes of Anthony Pellicano” (FX)
“The Sound of 007” (Prime Video)
“‘Sr.'” (Netflix)
“Still: A Movie by Michael J. Fox” (Apple TV+)
“The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari” (Netflix)

Other category predictions:
Outstanding animation programme
Outstanding speech series
Outstanding Scripted Variety Series
Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series

To see IndieWire’s full set of predictions for the 75th Emmy Awards click here.

Last year’s winner: “The American Dream of George Carlin”
Still eligible: NO.
Hot Series: Judd Apatow’s George Carlin documentary kicked off what could be a new streak for HBO in the category (the last one was from 2018 to 2020). This year, the premium cable network has several projects that have already been recognized by Oscar forerunners, like “A Tree of Life: The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting,” and it’s premiering even more promising contenders as it nears its end. of the eligibility window.
Notable ineligible series: “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” (ineligible as a 2023 Academy Award nominee); “All That Breathes” (ineligible as a 2023 Academy Award nominee); “Fire of Love” (ineligible as a 2023 Academy Award nominee)

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