National Geographic's The First Wave took home the top award at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards in New York City on Thursday.
Matthew Heineman's documentary details the first four months of the COVID-19 pandemic in NYC, as healthcare workers at Long Island Jewish Medical Center risked their lives in the epic battle to keep the virus at bay.
Presenters at the Documentary ceremony included Frontline's Tamara Shogaolu, In the Shadow of 9/11 and *Four Hours at the Capitol'*s Dan Reed, The Rescue's Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, Pray Away's Kristine Stolakis and Vice News' Alzo Slade.
Biologist and filmmaker Sir David Attenborough received the Lifetime Achievement honors at the ceremony, which was presented to him by Louie Schwartzberg, the award-winning cinematographer, time-lapse photographer and documentarian. Dame Judi Dench also appeared via video to celebrate Attenborough.
"What a journey we have all traveled to get us here tonight," said Adam Sharp, NATAS President & CEO. "As indicated by our record-breaking number of documentaries this year, the breadth and scope of the work nominated tonight has revealed that in spite of the difficult circumstances of the last few years, the talent, innovation and sheer passion exhibited by the professionals we honor this evening has never been higher."
See the full winners list below.
Outstanding Arts and Culture Documentary
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