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With one week to go before we announce our full slate of nominations, we’re excited to reveal two of our favorite categories and announce something brand new for 2022.

Our Audience Choice Prize and our list of The Unforgettables, the year’s notable nonfiction subjects, are two categories that are near and dear to us at Cinema Eye. Our Audience Choice award highlights those films that have made a big connection with audiences – something that is even more important in these times when so many of us are looking for genuine connection. And our list of The Unforgettables highlights that special role that our documentary film subject play in creating nonfiction art.

Our Unforgettables list has always been a list that honors subjects from 15 films. And this year, for our 15th anniversary, we’re expanding our Audience Choice nominees from 10 films to 15! 15 for 15 as they say! Each year, tens of thousands of documentary fans from all around the world vote for our Audience Choice Prize and we’re so excited to give those viewers even more films to vote for.

You’ll find both lists below – and we’ll be unveiling our full list of 2022 nominees next Wednesday, November 10, including a brand new craft award! Connect with us on Twitter at @cinemaeyehonors and on Instagram at @cinema.eye.honors to be among the first to know this year’s 15th anniversary nominees!

Team Cinema Eye

2022 Audience Choice Prize Nominees

Becoming Cousteau
Directed by Liz Garbus

Billie Eilish – The World’s a Little Blurry
Directed by R.J. Cutler

Directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen

Directed by Peter Nicks

Directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West

Lily Topples the World
Directed by Jeremy Workman

Listening to Kenny G
Directed by Penny Lane

The Rescue
Directed by E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It
Directed by Mariem Pérez Riera

Roadrunner: A Film about Anthony Bourdain
Directed by Morgan Neville

The Sparks Brothers
Directed by Edgar Wright

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

Try Harder!
Directed by Debbie Lum

The Velvet Underground
Directed by Todd Haynes

Writing with Fire
Directed by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh

The 2022 Unforgettables

Flee | Amin

Homeroom | Denilson Garibo

Introducing, Selme Blair | Selma Blair

Jacinta | Jacinta

Lily Topples the World | Lily Hevesh 

Listening to Kenny G | Kenny G

Mr. Bachmann and His Class | Mr. Bachmann

My Name is Pauli Murray | Pauli Murray

Not Going Quietly | Ady Barkan

Procession | Joe Eldred, Mike Foreman, Ed Gavagan, Dan Laurine, Michael Sandridge and Tom Viviano

The Rescue | Rick Stanton

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It | Rita Moreno

Roadrunner: A Film about Anthony Bourdain | Anthony Bourdain

The Sparks Brothers | Ron Mael and Russell Mael

Writing with Fire | Meera