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LA, Boston film critics laud Poitras’s “Citizenfour”

Laura Poitras's film on Edward Snowden (pictured) took best documentary honors from the two groups of film critics, while the New York Film Critics Online opted to laud Steve James's Life Itself.
December 8, 2014

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Boston Society of Film Critics have both honored Laura Poitra’s documentary on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden (pictured).

The LA critics honored Citizenfour  in the Documentary / Non-Fiction Film category, with Steve James’s Roger Ebert doc Life Itself named runner-up. Boston critics also opted for Citizenfour as Best Documentary, although they named Frank Pavich’s Jodorowsky’s Dune as their runner-up.

Meanwhile, the New York Film Critics Online organization gave its best documentary prize to Life Itself.

The news comes after the New York Film Critics Circle earlier this month gave honored Citizenfour in the same category. The film also won big at the IDA Awards on Friday (December 5).

Citizenfour and Life Itself lead awards season so far, and appear likely locks for Academy Award nominations in the Best Documentary Feature category.

  • Check out realscreen‘s interview with Steve James on Life Itself
  • Check out realscreen‘s interview with Laura Poitras on Citizenfour

 

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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