The 6th Annual Cinema Eye Honors were held on January 9, 2013. Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi’s 5 BROKEN CAMERAS took home the award for Outstanding Nonfiction Feature, while Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady were named Outstanding Directors for DETROPIA. Michael Moore presented the Legacy Award to the 1993 political verite THE WAR ROOM, which was accepted by directors Chris Hegedus & D.A. Pennebaker and producers Wendy Ettinger and Frazer Pennebaker. Presenters included Susan Froemke, Jennie Livingston, Jonathan Caouette, Darius Marder and Marshall Curry.
2016 saw Cinema Eye returning to the Museum of the Moving Image for the fifth straight year. Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen became the first filmmakers to win a second Cinema Eye Honor for Outstanding Feature, following up their 2014 honor for THE ACT OF KILLING with the award for THE LOOK OF SILENCE. The film also received awards for Direction for Oppenheimer and Production for Sørensen, her second. Chris King won his third Cinema Eye Honor for Editing, following up wins for EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP and SENNA with this year’s award for his work on AMY. There was a tie for Cinematography honors between CARTEL LAND’s Matt Heineman and Matt Porwoll and MERU’s Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk. Laurie Anderson won the Original Score prize for HEART OF A DOG; Crystal Moselle received Outstanding Debut for THE WOLFPACK. The Legacy Award went to Chris Smith’s AMERICAN MOVIE. Filmmaker Steve James hosted the show and presenters included Alex Gibney, Liz Garbus, DA Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus, Martha Shane & Lana Wilson.
Cinema Eye celebrated its 10th year by announcing 20 films and 10 filmmakers that had defined the first decade, with many of those films screened at the Museum of the Moving Image in a lead-up to the tenth annual Honors. Kirsten Johnson’s CAMERAPERSON won the award for Outstanding Feature, as well as for Cinematography and Editing (the second time Nels Bangerter had won the latter award). Ezra Edelman’s OJ: MADE IN AMERICA picked up the Direction and Production awards. Outstanding Debut went to Nanfu Wang for HOOLIGAN SPARROW and Clay Tweel took home the Audience Choice Prize for GLEASON. At the Honors Lunch, the Legacy Award was presented to Rob Epstein for THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK and the Heterodox Award went to Michal Marczak’s ALL THESE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS. Steve James returned to host the show for a second straight year, with presenters including Chris Hegedus, Joe Berlinger, Amy Berg and MAN ON WIRE subject Philippe Petit.
The 11th Cinema Eye Honors Awards Ceremony occurred on January 11 and saw Yance Ford’s STRONG ISLAND make history as the first film to win the awards for Outstanding Feature, Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Debut. The Editing prize went to Lindsay Utz for QUEST, with the team from LAST MEN IN ALEPPO winning Outstanding Production. Brett Morgen’s JANE won the Audience Choice Prize and also Outstanding Score for composer Philip Glass. At the Honors Lunch, Sean Baker’s THE FLORIDA PROJECT received the Heterodox Award and Leon Gast was presented the Legacy Award for WHEN WE WERE KINGS. The Awards Ceremony at the Museum of the Moving Image was hosted again by filmmaker Steve James, a 2018 nominee for ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL. Presenters included Sheila Nevins, Roger Ross Williams, Julie Goldman, Nanfu Wang, Kirsten Johnson, Liz Garbus, Marshall Curry and Nathan Truesdell.
In 2019, a trio of films from debut feature filmmakers took many of the top awards: Bing Liu’s MINDING THE GAP took three awards, for Direction, Editing and Debut; Sandi Tan’s SHIRKERS received Honors for Graphic Design and Original Score; and RaMell Ross’ HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING THIS EVENING received the top Nonfiction Feature Honor. Chai Vasaryelhi and Jimmy Chin’s FREE SOLO also won three awards: Production, Cinematography and Audience Choice, making the filmmaking duo the winningest filmmaking team in CEH history. The Legacy Award went to the landmark PBS series EYES ON THE PRIZE. Filmmaker Steve James returned to host the awards for the fourth year in the row and also received the new Broadcast Series Honor for AMERICA TO ME. Presenters included Ezra Edelman, Caroline Waterlow, Yance Ford, Liz Garbus, Matt Heineman, Morgan Neville, Kimberly Reed, Dan Cogan and Anna Zamecka.
The 2020 Cinema Eye Honors Awards Ceremony was held Monday, January 6, the 10th year that the event has been at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s AMERICAN FACTORY won both the Outstanding Feature and Direction Honors. Todd Douglas Miller’s APOLLO 11 also won two awards, for Outstanding Editing and Score. HONEYLAND took the Cinematography Prize, while THE CAVE and FOR SAMA tied for Outstanding Production. For the first time, Cinema Eye presented awards for Broadcast Cinematography and Broadcast Editing. Those prizes went to Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s HOMECOMING and Tom Jenning’s APOLLO: MISSIONS TO THE MOON. The Legacy Award was presented to Godfrey Reggio for his debut masterpiece KOYAANISQATSI. Cinema Eye-winning and Oscar nominated filmmaker Yance Ford hosted the event. Presenters included Chai Vasaryelhi, Betsy West and Julie Cohen, Alex Gibney, Sheila Nevins, Jeff Orlowski, Lindsey Utz, Jehane Noujaim, Karim Amir, Shevaun Mizrahi, Alan Jacobsen and Ondi Timoner.
Due the the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 14th Annual Cinema Eye Honors was a virtual event with awards presented from around the world. Alexandre Nanau’s COLLECTIVE was named Outstanding Nonfiction Feature, while Kirsten Johnson received the Directing prize for DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD. Garrett Bradley’s TIME received two Honors, for Outstanding Debut and Editng. David France’s WELCOME TO CHECHNYA received the awards for Production and Broadcast Film. Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine took home the Audience Choice Prize for BOYS STATE. Outstanding Broadcast Series went to Liz Garbus for I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK, and Bill & Turner Ross received the Heterodox Award for BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETS. Presenters included Callie Crossley from Boston; Mila Aung-Thwin and Katie McKay from Lac Hughes, Quebec; Maite Alberdi and Marcela Santibanez from Santiago, Chile; Diane Quon and Zak Piper from Chicago; Toni Kamau from Nairobi, Kenya; Sigrid Dyekjær and Kirstine Barfod from Copenhagen; Elizabeth Lo from Hong Kong; Lucy Walker from the California Desert; and Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert from an Ohio corn field.
After a postponement due to a surge in the Omicron variant, the 15th Annual Cinema Eye Honors were held in person at the Museum of the Moving Image on March 1, 2022. Top honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking went to Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s FLEE. This marked the third time producer Signe Byrge Sørensen won this award, having previously won for both THE ACT OF KILLING and THE LOOKING OF SILENCE. Jessica Kingdon’s ASCENSION won three awards for Outstanding Debut, Cinematography and Score. The Legacy Award went to Cheryl Dunye’s THE WATERMELON WOMAN. Two new awards were presented: Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design went to Leslie Shatz & Jahn Sood for THE VELVET UNDERGROUND and Outstanding Anthology Series went to Martin Scorsese and Fran Lebowitz’s PRETEND IT’S A CITY. Presenters included Callie Crossley, Marshall Curry, Carol Dysinger, Liz Garbus, Steve James, Barbara Kopple, Penny Lane and Nanfu Wang. Category nominees were announced on video by Cinema Eye winners and honorees from the first 14 years of Cinema Eye.