O.J.: Made in America (film/television) Exploring the themes of race and celebrity, this documentary traces the story of Orenthal James Simpson from his fame as a football star, to his being arrested on a charge of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole, his trial and acquittal, and the Las Vegas crime that eventually put him in jail. Directed by Ezra Edelman. Opened in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on May 20, 2016, after a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 22. Shown on ESPN in four 2-hour episodes beginning Jun. 11, 2016. From ESPN Films. It won the Academy Award for documentary feature and Emmy Awards for outstanding directing for a nonfiction program and outstanding picture editing for a nonfiction program.