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Broadcast Film & Series Nominees and Annual “Shorts List” Unveiled

Terry Zwigoff’s Crumb to Receive Legacy Award as Cinema EyeLaunches Year of Celebrating Documentary Subjects

  • Broadcast Film Nominees | Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes, Downfall: The Case Against Boeing, Four Hours at the Capitol, George Carlin’s American Dream and Playing With Sharks
  • Nonfiction Series Nominees | The Beatles: Get Back, Black and Missing, Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey, LulaRich, Mind Over Murder and We Need to Talk About Cosby
  • Anthology Series Nominees | How To with John Wilson, Origins of Hip Hop, Prehistoric Planet, Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, Women Who Rock and The World According to Jeff Goldblum
  • Broadcast Editing Nominees | 37 Words, The Beatles: Get Back, Four Hours at the Capitol, How to Survive a Pandemic, How To with John Wilson and We Need to Talk About Cosby
  • Broadcast Cinematography Nominees | Four Hours at the Capitol, jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy, Playing With Sharks, Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, and Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Come Off
  • Nonfiction Short Film “Shorts List” | Anastasia, The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone, In Flow of Words, The Joys and Sorrows of Young Yuguo, Keys to the City, Last Days of August, Long Line of Ladies, The Martha Mitchell Effect, Nuisance Bear and Shut Up and Paint

October 20, 2022 | Los Angeles, California – Cinema Eye Honors, the organization that recognizes outstanding artistic achievement in nonfiction and documentary films & series, kicked off its 16th season today with its first awards announcements for 2023.

Among the announcements were the nominees in five Broadcast categories, the annual Shorts List – spotlighting 10 of the year’s top documentary short films – and this year’s Legacy Award recipient.

HBO’s Four Hours at the Capitol, an inside look at the January 6th riot, led today’s Broadcast Film and Series announcements with three nominations. The Jamie Roberts-directed film scored nods in Broadcast Film, Broadcast Editing and Broadcast Cinematography.

HBO led all networks and streamers with eleven nominations in all, including two for the sophomore season of How To with John Wilson. Other films/series receiving two nominations include Peter Jackson’s The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+), Sally Aitken’s Playing With Sharks (Disney+), the CNN anthology series Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy and W. Kamau Bell’s We Need to Talk About Cosby (Showtime). Disney+ received five nominations, while Netflix had three.

In addition to its Broadcast nominations, Cinema Eye announced the ten films on this year’s Shorts List, the organization’s annual list of semi-finalists for its Nonfiction Short Film Honor. Of those ten films, five or six will be announced as the nominees in the Short Film category next month.

Finally, marking the 10-year anniversary of Cinema Eye’s annual list of The Unforgettables – the year’s notable documentary subjects – as well as the centennial of Robert Flaherty’s Nanook of the North, the organization announced a year-long celebration of documentary film subjects and the role they play in the construction of nonfiction films. One highlight of this celebration was announced today as the 2023 Legacy Award will be presented to Terry Zwigoff’s Crumb, the filmmaker’s acclaimed 1995 portrait of underground cartoonist R. Crumb.

The award will be presented to director Terry Zwigoff as part of a special Legacy Award screening of Crumb next year at the newly restored Eagle Theatre in Northeast Los Angeles. The theater will serve as the home of landmark LA video store and film organization Vidiots Foundation, a partner of Cinema Eye.

“I’m glad to find out you don’t have to be dead to receive this award,” Crumb director Terry Zwigoff said in a written statement. “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.”


Key Dates for the 2023 Cinema Eye Honors


Announcement of The Unforgettables and Audience Choice Prize Long List

Tuesday, October 25. 2022

Full Nominations Announced

Thursday, November 10, 2022

16th Annual Cinema Eye Honors Awards Ceremony
Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, New York

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Today’s announcements were made at the annual Cinema Eye Fall Lunch, held in Downtown Los Angeles. The Lead Host for the Fall Lunch was National Geographic Documentary Films. Co-Hosts included Amazon Studios, HBO Max, Hulu and Netflix.

A full list of this year’s announcements and nominees follows.


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


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
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
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
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
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
Andrew Muggleton | CNN

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


Shorts List

(Cinema Eye’s Annual List of the Year’s Top Short Documentaries)

Anastasia
Directed by Sarah McCarthy

The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone
Directed by Maya Newell

In Flow of Words
Directed by Eliane Esther Bots

The Joys and Sorrows of Young Yuguo
Directed by Ilinca Călugăreanu

Keys to the City
Directed by Ian Moubayed

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

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


About Cinema Eye, Cinema Eye Week and the 2023 Cinema Eye Honors

Cinema Eye was founded in 2007 to recognize excellence in artistry and craft in nonfiction filmmaking. It 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. The 16th Annual Cinema Eye Honors Week and Awards Ceremony will take place in January 2023 in New York City, where a series of celebratory events bring together many of the year’s most accomplished filmmakers. For more on Cinema Eye eligibility and rules: https://cinemaeyehonors.com/rules/.