There's more news this week from the International Documentary Association, which will hold its annual award ceremony on Dec. 7. We told you about the main nominees back in October, followed by the announcement last week that Michael Moore would be given a career achievement trophy. Now the IDA has revealed the winners of four special categories.

First, Spike Lee's Hurricane Katrina doc When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts has won the Pare Lorentz Award, named for the pioneering documentarian and given to films that carry on his activist spirit. (The IDA sponsored a Pare Lorentz Film Festival a few weeks ago; see this item for more background on the subject.) Lee's film beats out nine other nominees, which included Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience and A Walk to Beautiful.

A film called Sputnik Mania, about the Soviet Union's first forays into space exploration in the 1950s, wins the IDA/ABC News VideoSource Award. This prize is to honor the film that best incorporates TV news footage into its story. Other nominees included My Kid Could Paint That and Steal a Pencil for Me.

The IDA honors television docs, too, with awards for best continuing series and best limited series. The continuing series winner is Showtime's version of Ira Glass' National Public Radio mainstay This American Life. Its competition included Morgan Spurlock's FX program 30 Days and PBS' American Masters. The limited series winner is The Supreme Court, a four-part PBS series about, um, the Supreme Court. Fellow nominees included Logo's Coming Out Stories and HBO's Addiction.
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