Laura Poitras’ acclaimed Edward Snowden documentary "Citizenfour" swept the 8th annual Cinema Eye Honors tonight at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, picking up four awards including Outstanding Nonfiction Feature and Outstanding Direction. This marks the second time in Cinema Eye history that a film won four awards. The first film to do so was Ari Folman’s "Waltz With Bashir." Poitras also made Cinema Eye history as the first person to win the Outstanding Direction award twice. She previously won for "The Oath" in 2011.
The Nick Cave documentary "20,000 Days on Earth" followed with two wins for Outstanding Cinematography and Musical Score. Alan Hicks’ "Keep On Keepin’ On" won the Audience Choice Prize, and the Nonfiction Short Film award went to Lucy Walker’s "The Lions Mouth Open."
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green hosted this year’s event, with an audio assist from "Serial" podcast host Sarah Koenig, who served as announcer for this year’s proceedings. Presenters included documentary legends Albert Maysles, DA Pennebaker, Steve James, Alan Berliner and Jennie Livingston and Jonathan Oppenheim, the director and editor of this year’s Legacy Award winner "Paris is Burning."
Cinema Eye was founded in 2007 to recognize excellence in artistry and craft in nonfiction filmmaking and remains the only international nonfiction award to recognize a film’s entire creative team. The film nominees are determined by top documentary programmers from festivals all over the world. The television award nominees were selected by a nominations committee of film critics and writers.
A full list of this year’s winners follows:
Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking Citizenfour Directed by Laura Poitras Produced by Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky
Outstanding Achievement in Direction Laura Poitras Citizenfour
Outstanding Achievement in Editing Mathilde Bonnefoy Citizenfour
Outstanding Achievement in Production Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky Citizenfour
Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography (tie) Erik Wilson 20,000 Days on Earth
Franklin Dow and Orlando von Einsiedel Virunga
Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Films Made for Television The Price of Gold Directed by Nanette Burstein Produced by Libby Geist For ESPN/30 for 30: John Dahl, Connor Schell, Bill Simmons
Audience Choice Prize Keep On Keepin’ On Directed by Alan Hicks
Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film Finding Vivian Maier Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score Nick Cave and Warren Ellis 20,000 Days on Earth
Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation (tie) Syd Garon Jodorowsky’s Dune
Heather Brantman & Tim Fisher Particle Fever
Spotlight Award 1971 Directed by Johanna Hamilton
Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking The Lion’s Mouth Opens Directed by Lucy Walker
Heterodox Award Boyhood Directed by Richard Linklater
Legacy Award Paris is Burning Directed by Jennie Livingston