Director Barry Avrich’s documentary Oscar Peterson: Black + White is nominated for six Canadian Screen Awards.
The film is nominated in the following categories:
- Best Biography or Arts Documentary Program or Series
- Best Direction, Documentary Program
- Best Writing, Documentary
- Barbara Sears Award for Best Visual Research
- Best Picture Editing, Documentary
- Best Sound, Non-Fiction
It’s the most nominations for any documentary this year.
Oscar Peterson: Black + White traces the legendary Canadian pianist’s ascent into the upper echelons of jazz royalty, while also focusing on the racism he faced throughout his career and the mentorship he provided to younger musicians.
The documentary features interviews with and performances by Quincy Jones, Jon Batiste, Ramsey Lewis, Billy Joel, Dave Young, Larnell Lewis, Jackie Richardson, Herbie Hancock, Branford Marsalis, Robi Botos and more.
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and is now streaming on Crave.
See the full list of Canadian Screen Awards nominees here.