Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking

Our top award celebrates the highest dedication to excellence in nonfiction filmmaking across all fields of craft and artistry. Previous winners in this category are Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) (2008), Man on Wire (2009), The Cove (2010), Exit Through the Gift Shop (2011), The Interrupters (2012), 5 Broken Cameras (2013), The Act of Killing (2014), Citizenfour (2015) and The Look of Silence (2016).

Fire at Sea

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Winner of the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, Gianfranco Rosi’s documentary observes Europe’s migrant crisis from the vantage point of a Mediterranean island where hundreds of thousands of refugees, fleeing war and poverty, have landed in recent...

OJ: Made in America

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The producers of ESPN’s 30 for 30, along with award-winning director Ezra Edelman, tell the story of one of the most polarizing people in American history, O.J. Simpson. They explore how Simpson’s rise and fall was centered around two of...

I Am Not Your Negro

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Working from the text of James Baldwin’s unfinished final novel, director Raoul Peck (Moloch Tropical, Murder in Pacot) creates a stunning meditation on what it means to be Black in America. Built exclusively around Baldwin’s words, Peck’s I Am Not...

Weiner

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After a humiliating exit from political life, Anthony Weiner reentered the public arena with an ambitious run for mayor of New York. But what began as a hopeful opportunity to redeem himself to his family and voters quickly spiraled out...

Cameraperson

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Drawing on footage she’s shot over the course of 25 years, documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson searches to reconcile her part in the thorny questions of permission, power, creative ambition and human obligation that come with filming the lives of others....

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