Thirty-eight feature films and five shorts will vie for this year’s Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking as nominees were announced this evening at a party at CPH:DOX in Copenhagen, Denmark. Winners will be announced at the 9th Annual Honors Ceremony on January 13, 2016 at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City.
Besides ‘Cartel Land‘, the films ’Listen to Me Marlon’, ’Meru’, ’The Wolfpack’ and ‘Uncertain‘ are also nominated – and you can watch them all on this year’s CPH:DOX.
The nominees are:
● Cartel Land and The Look of Silence Lead Nonfiction Film Nominees With Nods for Outstanding Feature, Direction, Production & Cinematography
● Amy, Democrats, Listen to Me Marlon and The Wolfpack Round Out List of Six Nonfiction Feature Film Nominees
● 4 Nominations for Meru; 3 Nominations each for Going Clear, Heart of a Dog and Kurt Cobain Montage of Heck
● 2 Nominations for the late Albert Maysles for his final films: In Transit and Iris
● Laurie Anderson, Joe Berlinger, Jimmy Chin, RJ Cutler, Kirby Dick, Liz Garbus, Alex Gibney, Cynthia Hill, Kim Longinotto, Michael Moore, Brett Morgen, Camilla Nielsson, Morgan Neville, Joshua Oppenheimer, J. Ralph, Bill & Turner Ross, Signe Byrge Sørensen, Chai Vasarhelyi and Frederick Wiseman among this year’s Nominated Filmmakers
Cartel Land, Matthew Heineman’s gripping account of violence and vigilantes on both sides of the US-Mexico border, led all films with five nominations, including Outstanding Nonfiction Feature. It is joined in the top category by Asif Kapadia’s Amy, Camilla Neilsson’s Democrats, Stevan Riley’s Listen to Me Marlon, Crystal Moselle’s The Wolfpack and Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence. The latter, which received four nominations, and Cartel Land were the only films nominated for Outstanding Feature, Direction, Production and Cinematography.
Oppenheimer’s nominations for The Look of Silence match those he received for his previous film about Indonesian war crimes, The Act of Killing, which won the top award at Cinema Eye in 2014. Oppenheimer, The Look of Silence producer Signe Byrge Sørenson and Amy director Asif Kapadia join a small group of filmmakers who have been nominated twice in the Outstanding Nonfiction Feature category. Kapadia’s Senna was nominated for the top award in 2012.
Other films that received multiple nominations include Meru (4 nominations); Amy, Heart of a Dog, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck and The Wolfpack (3 nominations); Best of Enemies, Democrats, Listen to Me Marlon, The Nightmare, Uncertain and Western (2 nominations).
The late Albert Maysles, who died in March, received two nominations: one for Outstanding Direction for his final film In Transit (Maysles shares the nomination with his co-directors Lynn True, Nelson Walker, David Usui and Ben Wu) and one for Audience Choice for his penultimate film, Iris.
In the Outstanding Direction category, Maysles, True, Walker, Usui and Wu are joined by Cartel Land’s Heineman, The Look of Silence’s Oppenheimer as well as Laurie Anderson (Heart of a Dog), Kim Longinotto (Dreamcatcher) and Frederick Wiseman (In Jackson Heights). The nominations for Maysles and Wiseman mark the first time in Cinema Eye history that a previous recipient of the Cinema Eye Legacy Award was nominated for a subsequent work. Maysles was recognized for Grey Gardens in 2011, Wiseman for Titicut Follies in 2012.
Receiving historic nominations this year were Bill Ross and Turner Ross, who were nominated in the Cinematography category for their film Western. With the nod, they become the first filmmakers in Cinema Eye history to be nominated for each of their first three films. They were previously nominated for 45365 (2010) and Tchoupitoulas (2013).
Chris King, who became the first person to win back-to-back awards when he was recognized for Outstanding Editing for both Exit Through the Gift Shop (2011) and Senna (2012), is nominated again in the category this year for Amy. Syd Garon, who won the Graphics award last year for Jodorowsky’s Dune, is nominated in the same category this year for The Nightmare.
There were also historic nominations for Alex Gibney, who received three nods for Directing and Producing the Scientology expose Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. As an individual, Gibney has now received six lifetime nominations, including winning for Outstanding Direction for Taxi to the Dark Side at Cinema Eye’s first ceremony in 2008. All told, five different films directed by Gibney have received Cinema Eye nominations: Taxi to the Dark Side (2008), Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2009), Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2014), We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2014) and Going Clear (2015).
With three nods, Gibney is tied for most individual nominations this year with Heart of a Dog’s Laurie Anderson, Cartel Land’s Matthew Heineman and The Wolfpack’s Crystal Moselle.
Aaron Wickenden joined Albert Maysles in receiving two nominations for two different films. He was nominated for his editing (along with Eileen Meyer) on Best of Enemies and is nominated for the Spotlight Award (along with co-director Dan Rybicky) for his directorial debut, Almost There.
Ten films were nominated for the annual Audience Choice Prize, which often includes many of the year’s most popular and talked about films, including Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon’s Best of Enemies, Kirby Dick’s The Hunting Ground, Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin’s Meru, Brett Morgen’s Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Liz Garbus’ What Happened, Miss Simone? and Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next. Morgan Neville and Michael Moore were previously nominated in this category for 20 Feet From Stardom (2014) and Sicko (2008) respectively.
Winners of the 9th Annual Cinema Eye Honors will be announced Wednesday, January 13, 2016 in New York at the Museum of the Moving Image. The Awards Ceremony is the culmination of Cinema Eye Week, an international celebration of the year’s best nonfiction artistry that includes screenings, parties, seminars and the 2nd Annual Honors Lunch, where this year’s Legacy Award and Heterodox prize will be presented and this year’s Unforgettable subjects will be saluted.
HBO Documentary Films is the premiere sponsor for Cinema Eye Week 2016. Major Sponsors are A&E IndieFilms, Camden International Film Festival, Field of Vision, Ford Foundation and Netflix. The Museum of the Moving Image is the Venue Partner for the 9th Annual Honors. The Murray Center for Documentary Journalism is the Institutional Partner. CPH:DOX was the presenting sponsor of the Nominations Announcement Ceremony and is a Festival Partner, along with Hot Docs and True/False. Additional sponsors for Cinema Eye Week 2016 will be announced in the coming weeks.
More details about this year’s event, including this year’s Heterodox nominees and this year’s Legacy Award recipient, will be announced in the weeks.
A full list of nominees with details on each category follows.