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National Board of Review honors “Life Itself”

Director Steve James's documentary about late film critic Roger Ebert (pictured) has picked up the Best Documentary award from the National Board of Review.
December 2, 2014

The National Board of Review has chosen Roger Ebert doc Life Itself (pictured) as the year’s best documentary.

The Steve James-directed film, which examines the life and legacy of the late film critic, premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival and opened in U.S. cinemas during the summer.

Life Itself is among this year’s award season favorites. It is one of the 15 docs shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and has been nominated for a Producers Guild Award and a Cinema Eye award.

The National Board of Review also listed the top five documentaries of the year as being: Art and Craft, Jodorowsky’s Dune, Keep On Keepin’ On, The Kill Team and Last Days in Vietnam.

The awards will be handed out during a gala ceremony that will take place in New York City on January 6. Check out the full list of this year’s winners here.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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