‘O.J.: Made in America’ makes history with Oscar nomination

This is the first Academy Award nomination for director Ezra Edelman.

We are excited to announce that O.J.: Made in America has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary.

Comprised of five parts and clocking in at nearly eight hours long, O.J.: Made in America is the longest documentary nominee in Oscars history. The documentary also has a chance to become the first television show to win an Academy Award.

Since its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, the documentary, which aired last summer on ESPN, has been praised by audiences and critics alike for its nuanced portrait of a complicated man and the remarkable way it tackles race and social justice in America going back to the ’50s and ’60s.

Vanity Fair wrote that Ezra had “crafted one of the best films of the year” and The Washington Post described O.J.: Made in America as “nothing short of a towering achievement.” The film was awarded four trophies including Best Documentary and Best Director at the inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards and is already being deemed a frontrunner for an Oscar by Variety.

Edelman was also nominated by the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary. This is the first Academy Award and DGA Award nomination for the director.

The 89th Oscars will be held on February 26, 2017. The winners of the DGA Awards will be announced at the 69th Annual Awards on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Congratulations to all the nominees.