- Eight-hour documentary received critical acclaim in US and UK media
- Nominated for Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature
- Film is also available on ESPN Player, and will be re-aired by BT Sport
ESPN Films’ documentary on the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson, one of the defining cultural tales of modern America, is now available to watch on BBC iPlayer, ahead of the Oscars on Sunday, where the documentary is nominated for Best Documentary Feature.
“O.J.: Made in America,” the eight-hour saga of race, celebrity, media, violence, and the criminal justice system is ESPN’s first ever Oscar-nominated film. From Peabody and Emmy-award winning director Ezra Edelman, the documentary is the most ambitious project yet from the critically acclaimed 30 for 30 series.
Viewers will get another chance to catch the documentary on the BBC iPlayer, while BT Sport – which previously debuted the film – is set to televise the film again in March. In addition the film is available on demand through ESPN Select, a new channel on the ESPN Player streaming service. ESPN Player subscribers will also get access to other great live and on-demand content featured on the channel, which in March includes X Games Norway.
“O.J.: Made in America,” examines the history of race over the last several decades through the lens of O.J. Simpson’s rise and fall. It centers around two of America’s greatest fixations: race and celebrity, exploring the themes by tracing Orenthal James Simpson’s personal journey, from how he first became a football star, to why the country fell in love with him off the field, to his being accused of murdering his ex-wife, his subsequent acquittal and why he is now sitting in jail 20 years later for another crime.
The documentary has been described as “truly epic” by the Daily Mail, “a masterwork of scholarship, journalism and cinematic art” by the Los Angeles Times, “the documentary of the year” by Heat, and as “a master opus” by Variety.
Over the last couple of months, “O.J.: Made in America” has won numerous awards from critics and filmmaking groups, including Best Documentary at the Gotham Awards; four awards including Best Documentary at the Critic’s Choice Documentary Awards; Best Feature Documentary from the International Documentary Association; Best Documentary by the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle; and a duPont Award for excellence in broadcast journalism.