being Mary Tyler Moore (HBO/Max)
James Adolphus’ document from SXSW could be the latest on a TV legend earning a nomination in this category after Lucy and Desi in 2022, Love, Gilda in 2019 and The Radio Diaries of Garry Shandling And Mr. Rogers: It’s you I like in 2018.
Judy Blume forever (Amazon)
Davina Pardo and Leah Wolchok’s doc celebrates the title author of children’s books, with narration by her and testimonials from her fans. It’s a sweet tribute to someone many grew up with – similar to the two papers about Fred Rogers that were nominated in this category.
Beautiful baby: Brooke Shields (Hulu)
Unveiled at Sundance, Lana Wilson’s two-part film combines old film clips and footage with new interviews to explore how the subject’s beauty has long brought her rewards and objectification. Particularly interesting: her relationship with her mother and her children.
If these walls could sing (Disney+)
The feature debut of Mary McCartney (Paul’s daughter), with talking heads on the A-list and premiered at Telluride, profiles Abbey Road Studios as it turns 90. Nearly every year, at least one music-focused doc is nominated in this category.
Pamela: a love story (Netflix)
It’s been ten years since Netflix didn’t have at least one nominee in this category. from Ryan White Goodnight Oppie follow-up, which rethinks ’90s Pamela Anderson, is the streamer’s top priority this season. She also campaigned for it.
Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie (Apple TV+)
Fox, a long-time Parkinson’s sufferer, is the subject of this 2021 Emmy winner Davis Guggenheim documentary (Boys state). It wouldn’t be the first nominated doc about a star in dire straits — see: docs on Christopher Reeve, Tina Turner and, from 2009, Fox.
This story first appeared in a standalone June issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.