Nominations for the fourth annual 2011 Cinema Eye Honors, recognizing excellence in artistic achievements in non-fiction filmmaking, were announced November 4 during the Sheffield Doc/Fest. EyesteelFilm’s Last Train Home (pictured), directed by Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan, is up for seven awards: outstanding feature, direction, production, cinematography, editing, international feature and audience choice. Fan is nominated in six of those categories, making him the most nominated person in the history of the awards show.
Janus Metz’s Armadillo and Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop received six nominations each, while Jeff Malmberg’s Marwencol and Laura Poitras’ The Oath have four nominations each, including the feature and direction categories.
The awards will be presented January 18, 2011 at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City, and will be televised via The Documentary Channel.
The non-fiction feature filmmaking category has Armadillo, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Last Train Home, Marwencol and The Oath up for the honor. Direction nominees include Metz, Fan, Malmberg, Poitras and Frederic Wiseman for La Danse. Nominees in the production category include Armadillo (Sara Stockmann and Ronnie Fridthjof), Exit Through the Gift Shop (Jaimie D’Cruz), Inside Job (Audrey Marrs and Charles Ferguson), Last Train Home (Mila Aung-Thwin and Daniel Cross), The Oath (Laura Poitras) and Restrepo (Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington).
In the international category, the nominees are Armadillo, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Into Eternity, Last Train Home and The Red Chapel. Nominees in the debut category include Catfish (Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman), Exit Through the Gift Shop (Banksy), Marwencol (Jeff Malmberg), Prodigal Sons (Kimberly Reed), The Red Chapel (Mads Brügger) and Sweetgrass (Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor). Audience choice nominees are Catfish, La Danse, Exit Through the Gift Shop, A Film Unfinished, Inside Job, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, Last Train Home, Restrepo, The Tillman Story and Waiting for ‘Superman’.
Nominations were also announced for the first ever Cinema Eye Honor for outstanding achievement in non-fiction short filmmaking. They include Albert’s Winter (directed by Andreas Koefoed), Arsy-Versy (directed by Miro Remo), Dock Ellis and the LSD No-No (directed by James Blagden), The Poodle Trainer (directed by Vance Malone) and Quadrangle (directed by Amy Grappell).
For a full PDF list of nominees, click here.