The wild and wacky Primetime Emmy documentary nods are back upon us, with their eclectic mix of true television documentaries, acquired nonfiction feature films (some of which premiered at festivals 2+ years ago) and episodes of nonfiction series, all vying for trophies that will be handed out at the Creative Arts Emmys in September.
Of the true feature docs, Amy Rice and Alicia Sams behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 presidential campaign, BY THE PEOPLE: THE ELECTION OF BARACK OBAMA - which was picked up during production by HBO - led all comers, netting three nominations: for Outstanding Nonfiction Special, Direction and Editing.
For most features, however, namely festival favorites from 2008 (THE BETRAYAL, PATTI SMITH: DREAM OF LIFE, PRESSURE COOKER) and 2009 (SERGIO), a single nomination would have to suffice. All four of those films will vie for the Emmy for Exception Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking, up against Sundance Channel's BRICK CITY and PBS' MY LAI.
In most of the tech categories, the true features were mostly knocked out by episodes of Discovery Channel's Life and Deadliest Catch, CBS's The Amazing Race and History Channel's America: The Story of Us.
Still, the list of Emmy nominees is heavy on bold-faced names (or as bold-faced as we get in the doc world), with Sheila Nevins, Nancy Abraham, Cara Mertes, Simon Kilmurry, Sam Pollard, Ellen Kuras, John Battsek, Julie Goldman, Morgan Spurlock (nominated for his Simpsons documentary for Fox) and Ken Burns (nommed for his National Parks series, though notably not for his direction).
A full list of doc-centric nominees after the jump, not a Glee cast member among them...