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Plot & Details

Experience legendary boxer Jack Johnson's remarkable struggle both in and out of the ring in documentary filmmaker Ken Burns' two-part look at the career of one of the sports world's most remarkable athletes. From his childhood in Galveston, TX, as the son of former slaves to his triumph as the first African-American Heavyweight Champion of the World in 1908, Johnson's career was a defining moment in the realm of sports history.

Awards

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Best Directing for Nonfiction Programming Ken Burns Nominated
2005 Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Best Writing for Nonfiction Programming Geoffrey C. Ward Won
2005 Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Best Nonfiction Special Won

Telluride Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Telluride Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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