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by Peter Knegt
November 6, 2013 5:25 PM
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'Cutie and the Boxer,' 'The Act of Killing' Lead 7th Cinema Eye Honors Nominees

"Cutie and the Boxer"

Zachary Heinzerling’s "Cutie and the Boxer" led the nominations for the 7th Annual Cinema Eye Honors, taking six nominations including the top prize, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking. 

Also nominated in the that category were Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing" (which was close behind "Cutie" with five nods), Martha Shane and Lana Wilson’s "After Tiller," Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel’s "Leviathan" and Sarah Polley’s " Stories We Tell". 

Nominees for Outstanding Achievement in Direction included Alan Berliner for "First Cousin Once Removed," Tinatin Gurchiani for "The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear," Oppenheimer for "The Act of Killing," Shane and Wilson for "After Tiller," Castaing-Taylor and Paravel for "Leviathan" and Polley for "Stories We Tell."  This marks the first time in Cinema Eye history that more women were nominated for the Directing Award than their male counterparts.  In addition, of the 11 individuals nominated for Cinema Eye’s top Feature Film award, 7 are women. 

Cinema Eye also announced nominees for their inaugural award for Nonfiction Films Made for Television.  Four of the six nominees came from HBO Documentary Films, including Lucy Walker’s "The Crash Reel," Dawn Porter’s "Gideon’s Army," Alex Gibney’s "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God" and Sebastian Junger’s "Which Way to the Front Line From Here: The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington."  PBS nabbed the other two nominations, one for Susan Lacy’s Inventing "David Geffen" (American Masters) and Christine Turner’s "Homegoings" (POV). 

Honors Chair Esther Robinson and filmmaker Gary Huswit at the nominations ceremony at the Film Society of Lincoln Center today. Alison Willmore

As the new television award recognizes the key producers from the network, the nominations for HBO Documentary Films’ Sheila Nevins (with four nods) and Sara Bernstein (with three) mark a first in Cinema Eye history - multiple nominations within the same category (but for different films).

Winners of the 7th Annual Cinema Eye Honors will be announced at a ceremony in early January 2014 in New York City.  Details about this year’s ceremony, including date, venue and key sponsors, will be announced shortly.  Nominations for the Heterodox Award, for fiction films that use nonfiction elements, and the recipient of this year’s Legacy Award will be announced in the coming weeks.

A full list of nominees with details on each category provided by Cinema Eye Honors follows on the next page.