2022 Broadcast Nominations Announced

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Cinema Eye Announces Full Slate of Nominees for 15th Annual Honors

The Cinema Eye Honors, recognizing outstanding artistry and craft in nonfiction filmmaking, today announced the full slate of nominees for its 15th Annual Awards Ceremony, which will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York.

The animated documentary Flee, from Danish/French filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen, was nominated for seven Cinema Eye Honors, including Outstanding Nonfiction Feature, Direction, Production and this year’s newly unveiled award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design. Joining Flee in that new category – as well as Outstanding Nonfiction Feature and Direction – is Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), the debut film from Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, which was nominated for six awards.

Two other debut features, Jessica Kingdon’s Ascension and Jessica Beshir’s Faya Dayi, were nominated for five awards, with both up for Nonfiction Feature, Direction, Cinematography and Debut. Along with Questlove, Beshir and Kingdon scored the most individual nominations this year, with 4 each.

Also up for five awards is The Rescue, the latest film from veteran filmmakers—and previous Cinema Eye winners—E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin. The Rescue landed nominations for Outstanding Nonfiction Feature, Production, Editing and Cinematography. The Velvet Underground, the debut documentary feature from acclaimed fiction director Todd Haynes, rounded out this year’s six Feature Film nominees. The Velvet Underground scored four nominations overall.

The latest nominations for Jimmy Chin and E. Chai Vasarhelyi marked a notable return for many of Cinema Eye’s most awarded filmmakers. Chin, who currently has the most Cinema Eye trophies with five, is up for two more awards this year. Filmmaker Laura Poitras, who has previously won four awards, including two Direction prizes for her films The Oath and Citizenfour, and producer Signe Byrge Sorensen, who has won four for her work on The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence, are both back with nominations in 2022. Poitras received her 11th nomination this year. She is up for Outstanding Nonfiction Short for Terror Contagion. Sorensen has three nominations this year, two coming in the Production category for her work on both Flee and President.

Musician and composer Dan Deacon returns to Cinema Eye as a double nominee in the Original Score category, nominated for his work on both Ascension and Theo Anthony’s All Light, Everywhere. Deacon was previously nominated for Anthony’s debut, Rat Film.

In addition to Deacon and Sorensen, several of this year’s nominees are being recognized for their work on multiple projects, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements and Carolyn Hepburn received nominations for their work as Producers on two different films — Feature Film for The Velvet Underground and Outstanding Production for In the Same Breath. Liz Garbus, who won the 2021 award for Outstanding Nonfiction Series for I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, was nominated for the Audience Choice Prize for Becoming Cousteau and Outstanding Broadcast Film for All In: The Fight for Democracy.

Two Cinema Eye veterans join four newcomers in the Outstanding Direction category. Nanfu Wang, a Cinema Eye winner for Hooligan Sparrow, is nominated for her latest, In the Same Breath. It’s one of three nominations for Wang this year, who is also up for Production and Broadcast Film. Filmmaker Robert Greene received his fourth nomination in the Direction category, a Cinema Eye record, for Procession. He was previously nominated for his films Actress, Kate Plays Christine and Bisbee ‘17.

As was announced when Broadcast nominations were unveiled in October, filmmaker Steve James extended his run as the most nominated filmmaker in Cinema Eye history with 13, receiving three more this year for his National Geographic series City So Real.

British film director Johanna Hogg returns to Cinema Eye with The Souvenir Part II, two years after winning Cinema Eye’s Heterodox Award for the first installment. The Heterodox Award celebrates films that push the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction filmmaking. Also up in the category is comedian/musician Bo Burnham for his pandemic special, Bo Burnham: Inside. This year’s other nominees include A Cop Movie, The Inheritance and El Planeta.

In the Audience Choice category, which is open to the public and regularly sees tens of thousands of documentary fans from around the world vote for their favorite, Chin and Vasarhelyi have the possibility of a third victory, having previously won for both Meru and Free Solo. Another previous winner in the category is R.J. Cutler, who won in 2010 for The September Issue and is nominated this year for his work on Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry. They are joined by previous Audience Choice nominees Julie Cohen and Betsy West, nominated in 2019 for RBG and up this year for Julia, and Morgan Neville, who is up this year for Roadrunner: A Film about Anthony Bourdain. This is Neville’s record fourth nomination in the category, having been previously nominated for 20 Feet From Stardom, The Best of Enemies and Won’t You Be My Neighbor.

While many returning veterans appeared amongst this year’s nominees, more than 65% of this year’s nominations went to first-time filmmakers and craftspersons. Among film directors, women make up 48% of today’s announcements while at least 57% of this year’s directors are filmmakers of color, which is a record for Cinema Eye.

Historically, films nominated for Cinema Eye will often go on to other nominations and critics prizes. Over the last five years, 96% of the Oscar nominees for Best Documentary Feature were also Cinema Eye nominees and 88% received multiple Cinema Eye nominations, including all of last year’s Oscar nominated documentaries.

HBO led all distributors/broadcasters with a total of 16 nominations, followed by Hulu with 12 and 11 nominations for both National Geographic Documentary Films and Neon/Super LTD.

Nominees for this year’s Broadcast Film and Series awards were announced on October 20, 2021, during the annual Cinema Eye Fall Lunch in Los Angeles. Also announced was the recipient of this year’s Legacy Award, Cheryl Dunye’s landmark Heterodox film The Watermelon Woman. Dunye and the film will be recognized at the Cinema Eye Awards Ceremony in January.

Premiere Sponsors for the 15th Annual Cinema Eye Honors include Apple TV+. HBO and National Geographic Documentary Films. Major sponsors are ESPN Films, Focus Features and Hulu, The Museum of the Moving Image is Cinema Eye’s Venue Partner. Additional sponsors will be announced in the coming months.

A full list of nominees follows.


2022 Cinema Eye Honors Nominations


Outstanding Nonfiction Feature

Ascension
Directed and Produced by Jessica Kingdon
Produced by Kira Simon-Kennedy and Nathan Truesdell

Faya Dayi
Directed and Produced by Jessica Beshir

Flee
Directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Produced by Monica Hellstrӧm, Signe Byrge Sørensen, and Charlotte De La Gournerie

The Rescue
Directed and Produced by E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin
Produced by P.J. van Sandwjik, John Battsek, and Bob Eisenhardt

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
Produced by Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein

The Velvet Underground
Directed and Produced by Todd Haynes
Produced by Christine Vachon, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn, and David Blackman


Outstanding Direction

Ascension
Jessica Kingdon

Faya Dayi
Jessica Beshir

Flee
Jonas Poher Rasmussen

In the Same Breath
Nanfu Wang

Procession
Robert Greene

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


Outstanding Editing

Homeroom
Kristina Mohwani and Rebecca Adorno

The Rescue
Bob Eisenhardt

Roadrunner: A Film about Anthony Bourdain
Eileen Meyer and Aaron Wickenden

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Joshua Pearson

The Velvet Underground
Affonso Gonçalves and Adam Kurnitz


Outstanding Production

The First Wave
Matthew Heineman, Jenna Millman and Leslie Norville

Flee
Monica Hellstrӧm,Signe Byrge Sørensen, and Charlotte De La Gournerie

In the Same Breath
Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements and Carolyn Hepburm

President
Signe Byrge Sorensen and Joslyn Barnes

The Rescue
E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, P.J. van Sandwijk, John Battsek, and Bob Eisenhardt


Outstanding Cinematography

All Light, Everywhere
Corey Hughes

Ascension
Jessica Kingdon and Nathan Truesdell

Cusp
Isabel Bethencourt and Parker Hill

Faya Dayi
Jessica Beshir

The Rescue
David Katznelson, Picha Srisansanee and Ian Seabrook


Outstanding Original Score

All Light, Everywhere
Dan Deacon

Ascension
Dan Deacon

Flee
Uno Helmersson

Julia
Rachel Portman

malni – towards the ocean, towards the shore
Thad Kellstadt

Procession
Keegan DeWitt and Dabney Morris


Outstanding Sound Design

All Light, Everywhere
Udit Duseja

Faya Dayi
Tom Efinger and Abigail Savage

Flee
Edward Björner and Tormod Ringnes

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Jimmy Douglass and Paul Hsu

The Velvet Underground
Leslie Shatz and Jahn Sood


Outstanding Graphic Design/Animation

Becoming Cousteau
Daniel Rutledge

Flee
Kenneth Ladekjær

Rebel Hearts
Una Lorenzen and Emma Berliner

The Sparks Brothers
Joseph Wallace and Greg McLeod

Wojnarowicz: Fck You Fggot F*cker
Grant Nellessen and Andrew Rose


Outstanding Debut

Ascension
Directed by Jessica Kingdon

A Cop Movie
Directed by Alfonso Ruizpalacios

Faya Dayi
Directed by Jessica Beshir

Jacinta
Directed by Jessica Earnshaw

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


Outstanding Nonfiction Short

Águilas
Directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Maite Zubiaurre

A Broken House
Directed by Jimmy Goldblum

Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma
Directed by Topaz Jones and rubberband

Terror Contagion
Directed by Laura Poitras

Three Songs for Benazir
Directed by Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei


Audience Choice Prize

Becoming Cousteau
Directed by Liz Garbus

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

Flee
Directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen

Homeroom
Directed by Peter Nicks

Julia
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


Spotlight

Fruits of Labor
Directed by Emily Cohen Ibañez

The Neutral Ground
Directed by CJ Hunt

North by Current
Directed by Angelo Madsen Minax

Socks on Fire
Directed by Bo McGuire

Two Gods
Directed by Zeshawn Ali


Heterodox

Bo Burnham: Inside
Directed by Bo Burnham

A Cop Movie
Directed by Alfonso Ruizpalacios

The Inheritance
Directed by Ephraim Asili

El Planeta
Directed by Amalia Ulman

The Souvenir Part II
Directed by Johanna Hogg


The Unforgettables (Non-Competitive Honor)

Flee
Amin

Homeroom
Denilson Garibo

Introducing, Selma Blair
Selma Blair

Jacinta
Jacinta Hunt

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 & 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 Nevi


The following nominations were previously announced on Wednesday, October 20. 2021 during the annual Cinema Eye Fall Lunch in Los Angeles.


Broadcast Film

All In: The Fight for Democracy
Directed by Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés | Amazon

David Byrne’s American Utopia
Directed by Spike Lee | HBO

Disclosure
Directed by Sam Feder | Netflix

In the Same Breath
Directed by Nanfu Wang | HBO

Tina
Directed by Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin | HBO


Nonfiction Series

1971: The Year that Music Changed Everything
Directed by Asif Kapadia, Danielle Peck and James Rogan | Apple

City So Real
Directed by Steve James | National Geographic

Exterminate All the Brutes
Directed by Raoul Peck | HBO

The Lady and the Dale
Directed by Nick Cammilleri and Zackary Drucker | HBO

Last Chance U: Basketball
Directed by Greg Whiteley, Adam Leibowitz and Daniel George McDonald | Netflix

Philly D.A.
Directed by Yoni Brook, Ted Passon and Nicole Salazar | Independent Lens/PBS


Anthology Series

Earth at Night in Color
Alex Williamson, Executive Producer | Apple

Generation Hustle
Angie Day and Yon Motskin, Executive Producers | HBO Max

High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America
Fabienne Toback, Karis Jagger and Roger Ross Williams, Executive Producers | Netflix

How to with John Wilson
Nathan Fielder, Michael Koman, Clark Reinking and John Wilson, Executive Producers | HBO

Pretend It’s a City
Martin Scorsese, Fran Liebowitz, David Tedeschi, Ted Griffin, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Joshua Porter and Margaret Bodde, Executive Producers | Netflix

Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi
Padma Lakshmi, David Shadrack Smith and Sarina Roma, Executive Producers | Hulu


Broadcast Editing

Allen v Farrow
Mikaela Shwer, Parker Laramie and Sara Newens | HBO

City So Real
David E. Simpson and Steve James | National Geographic

David Byrne’s American Utopia
Adam Gough | HBO

Exterminate All the Brutes
Alexandra Strauss | HBO

How to with John Wilson
Adam Locke-Norton | HBO


Outstanding Broadcast Cinematography

100 Foot Wave
Nominees to be determined | HBO

City So Real
Jackson James and Steve James | National Geographic

David Byrne’s American Utopia
Ellen Kuras | HBO

Earth at Night in Color
Nominees to be determined | Apple

High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America
Jerry Henry | Netflix


Shorts List Films

Elena
Directed by Michèle Stephenson

Jobs for all!
Directed by Axel Danielson & Maximilien Van Aertryck

The Last Cruise
Directed by Hannah Olson

Takeover
Directed by Emma Francis-Snyder

We Were There to Be There
Directed by Mike Plante and Jason Willis

Your Street
Directed by Güzin Kar


Legacy Award

The Watermelon Woman
Written and Directed by Cheryl Dunye
Produced by Alexandra Juhasz and Barry Swimar
Edited by Annie Taylor
Cinematography Michelle Crenshaw
Original Score Paul Shapiro