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CEH 2023 Nonfiction Feature Collage

The Six Nominees for Outstanding Feature Film are All That Breathes, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, Fire of Love, Navalny, A Night of Knowing Nothing and The Territory

  • Fire of Love and The Territory lead all films with 7 nominations each
  • All That Breathes has 6 nominations, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed and A Night of Knowing Nothing receive 4 each
  • 3 Nominations for Four Hours at the Capitol, Moonage Daydream, Navalny and Nothing Compares
  • Five women nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Direction
  • HBO leads all distributors with 16 nominations, Hulu has 12, with 11 for both National Geographic Documentary Films and Neon
  • 2023 nominees include Cinema Eye veterans Nels Bangerter, Joe Bini, Margaret Brown, Sigrid Dyekjær, Geeta Gandbhir, Nathan Fielder, Monica Hellstrøm, Brett Morgen, Stefan Nadelman, Laura Poitras, Chris Smith, Ondi Timoner, Nanfu Wang, Simon Lereng Wilmont and John Wilson
  • First-time nominees include Judd Apatow, Darren Aronofsky, Diane Becker, Sara Dosa, Jon Favreau, Nicolas Godin, Jeff Goldblum, Jessica Hopper, Rebeca Huntt, Peter Jackson, Payal Kapadia, Rory Kennedy, Alex Pritz, Daniel Roher, Shaunak Sen and Stanley Tucci
  • The 16th Annual Cinema Eye Honors Award Ceremony will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria

November 10, 2022 – Cinema Eye Honors, the organization founded in 2007 to celebrate outstanding artistry and craft in nonfiction filmmaking, today announced the full slate of nominees for its 16th Annual Awards Ceremony. Sara Dosa’s Fire of Love and Alex Pritz’ The Territory led all nominees with seven nominations each, tying the record for most Cinema Eye nominations in a single year. Shaunak Sen’s Cannes-winning feature, All That Breathes, received six nominations, and Laura Poitras’ All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, winner of the Golden Lion at Venice, received four.

All four films are nominated for Outstanding Nonfiction Feature, along with Daniel Roher’s Navalny and Payal Kapadia’s A Night of Knowing Nothing.

Sara Dosa, Payal Kapadia, Laura Poitras and Shaunak Sen were all nominated for Outstanding Direction, along with Rebeca Huntt for Beba and Margaret Brown for Descendant. It’s the first time in Cinema Eye history that five women were nominated for Outstanding Direction. This marks the second nomination in the category for Margaret Brown, who was previously nominated for The Order of Myths. It’s the third Director nomination for Laura Poitras, who won the award both of the previous times she was nominated, for The Oath and Citizenfour.

Alex Pritz has the most individual nominations this year, with five for The Territory, including nods in the Cinematography and Debut Feature categories. Shaunak Sen has four, and Payal Kapadia received three. With her two nominations for Feature and Direction, Laura Poitras tied Steve James with the most Cinema Eye nominations of all-time. Each has received 13 nominations.

In addition to Brown and Poitras, a number of Cinema Eye veterans were recognized for their work this year:

  • Nels Bangerter was nominated for Outstanding Editing for the third time (for Riotsville, USA), having won the award twice before, for Let the Fire Burn (2014) and Cameraperson (2017).
  • Stefan Nadelman, a two-time winner for Outstanding Visual Design for Kurt Cobain Montage of Heck (2016) and Long Strange Trip (2018), is nominated this year for Moonage Daydream.
  • Filmmaker Brett Morgen is nominated for his editing on Moonage Daydream. He previously won the Audience Choice Prize for Jane (2018) and was nominated at the first Cinema Eye Honors in 2008 for Chicago 10.
  • Sigrid Dyekjær, who previously won for producing The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun (2008) and The Cave (2020), is nominated in the Feature and Production categories again this year for The Territory.
  • Chris Smith, winner of the Legacy Award in 2016 for American Movie (1999), is up for the Audience Choice Prize this year for Sr.
  • Three winners from the 15th Annual Awards Ceremony, held in March of this year, return to Cinema Eye with their latest nominations. Adam Locke-Norton, winner of Outstanding Broadcast Editing for the debut season of How To with John Wilson, is up this year for his work in Season Two of that series. Nanfu Wang (who won Outstanding Broadcast Feature for In the Same Breath) is nominated for Outstanding Nonfiction Series for Mind Over Murder.
  • Monica Hellstrøm, a winner earlier this year as a producer of Outstanding Feature winner Flee, is nominated for Outstanding Production for A House Made of Splinters. That film’s director, Simon Lereng Wilmont, previously won the Spotlight Award for The Distant Barking of Dogs (2017) and is up this year for Outstanding Cinematography.

For the first time, global documentary lovers selected this year’s Audience Choice Prize nominees from a Long List of 16 films voted on by Cinema Eye’s nominations committee. Over seven days, more than 20,000 voters from around the world cast ballots online. The nominees include a number of this year’s most acclaimed and talked-about films, including Paweł Łoziński’s The Balcony Movie, Ondi Timoner’s Last Flight Home, Isabel Castro’s Mija, Jono McLeod’s My Old School and Kathryn Ferguson’s Nothing Compares. Online voting to determine the winner of the Audience Choice Prize will take place in December 2022.

Historically, films nominated for Cinema Eye will often go on to receive other nominations and critics prizes. Over the last five years, 92% of the Oscar nominees for Best Documentary Feature were also Cinema Eye nominees, and 88% of Oscar nominees had received multiple Cinema Eye nominations.

HBO led all distributors/broadcasters with a total of 30 nominations, followed by 17 nominations for National Geographic Documentary Films, 16 for Neon and eight for Netflix.

Nominees for this year’s Broadcast Film and Series awards were announced on October 20, 2022, during the annual Cinema Eye Fall Lunch in Los Angeles. Also announced was the recipient of this year’s Legacy Award, Terry Zweigoff’’s classic documentary portrait, Crumb (1994). At the time, Zwigoff offered the following statement: “I’m glad to find out you don’t have to be dead to receive this award. I guess they figured I’m finally close enough. I’m so old my film career started decades before this Cinema Eye Award existed, so now they have to give me the Honorary version, the ‘Legacy Award.’ This is sort of like the Lifetime Achievement Award or the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award they hand out each year at the Oscars, except I haven’t achieved much in my lifetime, and I generally prefer the company of animals to humans. In any case, it’s a nice honor and I’m in great company judging from the list of prior recipients.”

Premiere Sponsors for the 16th Annual Cinema Eye Honors include Apple TV+, HBO Max and National Geographic Documentary Films. Major sponsors are Amazon Studios, Hulu, Netflix and Showtime. Vidiots Foundation and The Museum of the Moving Image are Cinema Eye’s Venue Partners. Additional sponsors will be announced in the coming months.

A full list of nominees follows.


2022 Cinema Eye Honors Nominations


Outstanding Nonfiction Feature

All That Breathes
Directed and Produced by Shaunak Sen
Produced by Aman Mann and Teddy Leifer

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Directed and Produced by Laura Poitras
Produced by Howard Gertler, John Lyons, Nan Goldin and Yoni Golijov

Fire of Love
Directed and Produced by Sara Dosa
Produced by Shane Boris and Ina Fichman

Navalny
Directed by Daniel Roher
Produced by Odessa Rae, Diane Becker, Melanie Miller and Shane Boris

A Night of Knowing Nothing
Directed by Payal Kapadia
Produced by Thomas Hakim, Julien Graff and Ranabir Das

The Territory
Directed and Produced by Alex Pritz
Produced by Darren Aronofsky, Gabriel Uchida, Sigrid Dyekjær, Lizzie Gillett and Will N. Miller


Outstanding Direction

All That Breathes
Shaunak Sen

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Laura Poitras

Beba
Rebeca Huntt

Descendant
Margaret Brown

Fire of Love
Sara Dosa

A Night of Knowing Nothing
Payal Kapadia


Outstanding Editing

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Amy Foote, Joe Bini and Brian A. Kates

Fire of Love
Erin Casper and Jocelyne Chaput

Moonage Daydream
Brett Morgen

Riotsville, USA
Nels Bangerter

Three Minutes: A Lengthening
Katharina Wartena


Outstanding Production

All That Breathes
Aman Mann, Shaunak Sen and Teddy Leifer

A House Made of Splinters
Monica Hellström

In Her Hands
Juan Camilo Cruz and Jonathan Schaerf

Navalny
Odessa Rae, Diane Becker, Melanie Miller and Shane Boris

The Territory
Alex Pritz, Darren Aronofsky, Gabriel Uchida, Sigrid Dyekjær, Lizzie Gillett and Will N. Miller


Outstanding Cinematography

All That Breathes

Ben Bernhard and Riju Das

Cow
Magda Kowalczyk

A House Made of Splinters
Simon Lereng Wilmont

A Night of Knowing Nothing
Ranabir Das

The Territory
Alex Pritz and Tangãi Uru-eu-wau-wau

Users
Bennett Cerf


Outstanding Original Score

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Soundwalk Collective

Descendant
Ray Angry and Rhiannon Giddens/Dirk Powell

Fire of Love
Nicolas Godin

Nothing Compares
Linda Buckley and Irene Buckley

The Territory
Katya Mihailova

Users
Dave Cerf


Outstanding Sound Design

All That Breathes
Niladri Shekhar Roy, Sound Designer, and Jacques Bue Pedersen, Sound Mixer

Fire of Love
Patrice LeBlanc, Sound Designer, and Gavin Fernandes, Re-recording Mixer

I Didn’t See You There
Tom Paul, Lead Sound Designer & Re-recording Mixer, and Andrés E. Marthe González, Supervising Sound Editor

Moonage Daydream
Samir Foco, John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone, Sound Designers

The Territory
Rune Klausen and Peter Albrechtsen, Sound Designers


Outstanding Visual Design

Dear Mr. Brody
Gary Walker, Visual Effects; John Mark Lapham, Collages; Sam Klatt, Graphics & Compositing

Fire of Love
Lucy Munger, Animation; Kara Blake, Graphic Artist; and Rui Ting Ji, Hand-drawn animation & Illustrations

Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues
Hectah Arias, Animation and Graphics

Moonage Daydream
Stefan Nadelman, Animation

My Old School
Rory Lowe, Animation Director, and Scott Morriss, Lead Animator


Outstanding Debut

Bad Axe
Directed by David Siev

Beba
Directed by Rebeca Huntt

I Didn’t See You There
Directed by Reid Davenport

A Night of Knowing Nothing
Directed by Payal Kapadia

Nothing Compares
Directed by Kathryn Ferguson

The Territory
Directed by Alex Pritz


Outstanding Nonfiction Short

In Flow of Words
Directed by Eliane Esther Bots

Last Days of August
Directed by Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck and Robert Machoian

Long Line of Ladies
Directed by Rayka Zehtabchi and Shaandiin Tome

The Martha Mitchell Effect
Directed by Anne Alvergue and Debra McClutchy

Nuisance Bear
Directed by Jack Weisman and Gabriela Osio Vanden

Shut Up and Paint
Directed by Alex Mallis and Titus Kaphar


Audience Choice Prize

All That Breathes
Directed by Shaunak Sen

The Balcony Movie
Directed by Paweł Łoziński

Fire of Love
Directed a by Sara Dosa

Last Flight Home
Directed by Ondi Timoner

Mija
Directed by Isabel Castro

My Old School
Directed by Jono McLeod

Navalny
Directed by Daniel Roher

Nothing Compares
Directed by Kathryn Ferguson

Sr.
Directed by Chris Smith

The Territory
Directed by Alex Pritz


Spotlight

After Sherman
Directed by Jon-SesrieGoff

Brotherhood
Directed by Francesco Montagner

Hidden Letters
Directed by Violet Du Feng and Zhao Qing

Into the Ice
Directed by Lars Henrik Ostenfeld

Master of Light
Directed by Rosa Ruth Boesten


Heterodox

Aftersun
Directed by Charlotte Wells

Dry Ground Burning
Directed by Joana Pimenta and Adirley Queirós

Dos Estaciones
Directed by Juan Pablo González

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
Directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp

The Rehearsal (Season One)
Directed by Nathan Fielder


The Unforgettables (Non-Competitive Honor)

All That Breathes
Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Nan Goldin

Bad Axe
Chun Siev

Beba
Rebeca Huntt

Fire of Love
Katia and Maurice Krafft

Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down
Gabby Giffords

I Didn’t See You There
Reid Davenport

In Her Hands
Zarifa Ghafari

Last Flight Home
Eli Timoner

Mija
Doris Muñoz

My Old School
Brandon Lee

Navalny
Alexei Navalny

Nothing Compares
Sinead O’Connor

Sr.
Robert Downey Sr.

The Territory
Bitaté Uru-eu-wau-wau and Neidinha Bandeira


The following were previously announced on Thursday, October 20, 2022 during the annual Cinema Eye Fall Lunch in Los Angeles.

Broadcast Film Nominees

Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes
Directed by James Jones | HBO Documentary Films/HBO Max

Downfall: The Case Against Boeing
Directed by Rory Kennedy | Netflix

Four Hours at the Capitol
Directed by Jamie Roberts | HBO Documentary Films/HBO Max

George Carlin’s American Dream
Directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio | HBO Documentary Films/HBO Max

Playing With Sharks
Directed by Sally Aitken | Disney+


Nonfiction Series Nominees

The Beatles: Get Back
Directed by Peter Jackson | Disney+

Black and Missing
Directed by Geeta Gandbhir and Samantha Knowles | HBO Documentary Films/HBO Max

Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey
Directed by Rachel Dretzin | Netflix

LuLaRich
Directed by Julia Willoughby Nason and Jenner Furst | Amazon Studios

Mind Over Murder
Directed by Nanfu Wang | HBO Documentary Films/HBO Max

We Need to Talk About Cosby
Directed by W. Kamau Bell | Showtime


Anthology Series Nominees

How To with John Wilson (Season Two)
Nathan Fielder, Michael Koman, Clark Reinking and John Wilson, Executive Producers | HBO

Origins of Hip Hop
Peter Bittenbender, Mark Grande, Slane Hatch; Supervising Producers: Amira Lewally and Phoenix Skye Maulella, Executive Producers | A&E

Prehistoric Planet
Jon Favreau and Michael Gunton, Executive Producers; Tim Walker, Series Producer | Apple TV+

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (Season Two)
Tom Barry, Adam Hawkins, Eve Kay and Stanley Tucci, Executive Producers; Robin O’Sullivan, Series Producer | CNN

Women Who Rock
Jessica Hopper, Rachel Brill, John Varvatos, Derik Murray and Jesse James Miller, Executive Producers | EPIX

The World According to Jeff Goldblum (Season Two)
Jeff Goldblum, Jane Root, Sara Brailsford, Keith Addis and Arif Nurmohamed, Executive Producers, Ben Jessop, Series Producer | Disney+


Broadcast Editing Nominees

37 Words
Jessica Congdon and Dave Marcus | ESPN

The Beatles: Get Back
Jabez Olssen | Disney+

Four Hours at the Capitol
Will Grayburn | HBO Documentary Films/HBO Max

How to Survive a Pandemic
Adam Evans and Tyler H. Walk | HBO Documentary Films/HBO Max

How To with John Wilson (Season Two)
Adam Locke-Norton | HBO

We Need to Talk About Cosby
Meg Ramsay | Showtime


Broadcast Cinematography Nominees

Four Hours at the Capitol
Jamie Roberts | HBO Documentary Films/HBO Max

jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy
Coodie Simmons and Danny “DNA” Sorge | Netflix

Playing With Sharks
Michael Taylor, Judd Overton, Nathan Barlow and Toby Ralph | Disney+

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (Season Two)
Andrew Muggleton | CNN

Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Come Off
Sam Jones and Jesse Green | HBO Documentary Films/HBO Max


Legacy Award

Crumb
Directed by Terry Zwigoff
Produced by Lynn O’Donnell and Terry Zwigoff
Edited by Victor Livingston
Cinematography by Maryse Alberti
Music by David Beddinghaus
Sound by Scott Breindell


Shorts List Films

Anastasia
Directed by Sarah McCarthy

The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone
Directed by Maya Newell

The Joys and Sorrows of Young Yuguo
Directed by Ilinca Călugăreanu

Keys to the City
Directed by Ian Moubayed


Audience Choice Long List Films

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Directed by Laura Poitras

Good Night Oppy
Directed by Ryan White

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song
Directed by Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfire

In Her Hands
Directed by Tamana Ayazi and Marcel Mettelsiefen

Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues
Directed by Sacha Jenkins

Moonage Daydream
Directed by Brett Morgen


Nominations by Film

*denotes the film is also recognized in the non-competitive Unforgettables category

7

Fire of Love*
The Territory*

6

All That Breathes*

4

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed*
A Night of Knowing Nothing

3

Four Hours at the Capitol
Moonage Daydream
Navalny*
Nothing Compares*

2

The Beatles: Get Back
Beba*
Descendant
A House Made of Splinters
How To with John Wilson (Season Two)
I Didn’t See You There*
My Old School*
Playing With Sharks
Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (Season Two)
Users
We Need to Talk About Cosby

1

37 Words
After Sherman
Aftersun
Bad Axe*
The Balcony Movie
Brotherhood
Black and Missing
Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes
Cow
Crumb
Dear Mr. Brody
Downfall: The Case Against Boeing
Dry Ground Burning
Dos Estaciones
George Carlin’s American Dream
Hidden Letters
How to Survive a Pandemic
In Flow of Words
In Her Hands*
Into the Ice
jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy
Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey
Last Days of August
Last Flight Home*
Long Line of Ladies
Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues
LuLaRich
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
The Martha Mitchell Effect
Master of Light
Mija*
Mind Over Murder
Nuisance Bear
Origins of Hip Hop
Prehistoric Planet
The Rehearsal (Season One)
Riotsville USA
Shut Up and Paint
Sr.*
Three Minutes: A Lengthening
Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Come Off
Women Who Rock
The World According to Jeff Goldblum (Season Two)

Recognized in Unforgettables category:
Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down*


Nominations by Distributor

Note: Number of Nominations does include Unforgettables

30

HBO

17

National Geographic Documentary Films

16

Neon

8

Netflix

7

Participant
Picturehouse

6

Disney+
Sideshow

5

Cinema Guild
CNN
Showtime

3

Film Collaborative
Magnolia Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures

2

A24
Apple TV+
Cinephil
Hulu
Icarus Films
IFC Films
Independent Lens
The New Yorker
POV

1

A&E
Amazon Studios
Cargo
EPIX
ESPN
Grasshopper Films
Greenwich Entertainment
MTV Documentary Films
New York Times
Sony Pictures Classics
Super LTD


About Cinema Eye and the 2022 Cinema Eye Honors

Cinema Eye was founded in 2007 to recognize excellence in artistry and craft in nonfiction filmmaking. Its mission is three-fold: to build the documentary community by creating spaces where practitioners of the artform can connect with one another; to celebrate the whole creative team that works to create a nonfiction film; and to recognize artistic boldness and risk-taking within the form.

Cinema Eye was the first and remains the only international nonfiction award to recognize the whole creative team, presenting annual craft awards in directing, producing, cinematography, editing, composing, sound design and visual design; and recognizing the essential contribution of documentary subjects. Cinema Eye presents and produces the annual Cinema Eye Week and Awards Ceremony.

The Awards Ceremony is the centerpiece of Cinema Eye Week, a multi-day celebration that acknowledges the best work in nonfiction film through screenings and events. This year the Awards Ceremony will take place at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens on Thursday, January 12, 2023. For more on Cinema Eye eligibility and rules: https://cinemaeyehonors.com/rules/.