‘Minding the Gap’ wins Best Documentary Feature with IDA on way to Oscars

Minding the Gap” had a great day on December 8. Hours after Bing Liu‘s heartfelt look at live in the Rust Belt was named Best Documentary Feature of the year by the Chicago film critics, it won the top award from The International Documentary Association (IDA).

At the IDA, it prevailed in the largest-ever field of contenders at this key precursor prize. Among the competition were all of the other frontrunners for Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars: National Geographic’s “Free Solo,” Hulu’s “Crime + Punishment,” the Mr. Rogers retrospective “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” and PBS’ “Dark Money.”

This was the first year that IDA had nominated 10 films for their top award, a sharp increase from the 5-6 contenders cited in the past. While only two films were nominated by both the IDA and Oscar last year, in 2017 the groups lined up on four nominees and in 2016 there were three double dippers. In each year, the IDA previewed the eventual Oscar winner.

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“Minding the Gap” also won Best Editing. Best Cinematography went to “Distant Constellation” and Best Writing to “The Other Side of Everything” while “Bisbee ’17” and “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” shared the Best Score award.

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Crime + Punishment – Director: Stephen Maing
Dark Money – Director: Kimberly Reed
Free Solo – Directors: E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin
Hale County This Morning, This Evening – Director: RaMell Ross
X – Minding the Gap – Director: Bing Liu
Of Fathers and Sons – Director: Talal Derki
Sky and Ground – Directors: Talya Tibbon and Joshua Bennett
The Silence of Others – Directors: Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar
United Skates – Directors: Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – Director: Morgan Neville


Crime + Punishment
X – Distant Constellation 
Free Solo
Taste of Cement
The Distant Barking of Dogs


Distant Constellation
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle
X – Minding the Gap
The Stranger


Did You Wonder Who Fired The Gun?
Of Fathers and Sons
X – The Other Side of Everything 
People’s Republic of Desire
Wild Relatives


Bathtubs Over Broadway
X – Bisbee ’17 (tie)
The Distant Barking of Dogs
X – Hale County This Morning, This Evening (tie)

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