'Free Solo' and 'Our Planet' Lead 2019 Primetime Emmy Nominations in Documentary Categories

This year's Oscar winner for Best Documentary Feature is now up for seven Emmys.

National Geographic

The Television Academy announced the nominees for the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards, which include multiple nonfiction and documentary categories. Many of these contenders are among our favorites of this and last year, and four of the latest Oscar nominees for Best Documentary Feature are now also Emmy nominees — RBG is up for four awards, Hale County This Morning, This Evening is up for one, Minding the Gap is also up for one, and winner Free Solo is up for seven.

Congrats to all the documentary nominees in these categories:

Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking

Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special

Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series

  • American Masters
  • Chef’s Table
  • Hostile Planet
  • Our Planet
  • 30 for 30

Outstanding Informational Series Or Special

  • Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown
  • Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath
  • Surviving R. Kelly

Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)

Outstanding Children’s Program

  • Song of Parkland

Outstanding Directing For A Documentary/Nonfiction Program

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special

Outstanding Writing For A Nonfiction Program

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special

Outstanding Cinematography For A Nonfiction Program

Outstanding Picture Editing For A Nonfiction Program

Outstanding Narrator

  • The Flood
  • The Many Lives of Nick Buoniconti
  • Our Planet – “One Planet”
  • Queens of Mystery – “Murder in the Dark: First Chapter”
  • Savage Kingdom – “Fall of the Queen”
  • Wonders of Mexico

Outstanding Music Composition For A Documentary Series Or Special (Original Dramatic Score)

Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics

  • Song of Parkland 
    “Beautiful Things Can Grow”

Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music

Outstanding Music Supervision

Outstanding Sound Editing For A Nonfiction Program (Single Or Multi-Camera)

Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera)

Outstanding Production Design For A Variety Special

Outstanding Costumes For Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Programming

Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within An Unscripted Program

Outstanding Main Title Design


(Editor in Chief)

Christopher Campbell is the founding editor of Nonfics.