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“Citizenfour” sweeps Cinema Eye Honors

Citizenfour, Laura Poitras's doc on whistleblower Edward Snowden (pictured), swept the board at the eighth annual Cinema Eye Honors, taking the awards for Outstanding Feature, Direction, Editing and Production.
January 7, 2015

Citizenfour, Laura Poitras’s documentary on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden (pictured), swept the board at the eighth annual Cinema Eye Honors, taking the awards for Outstanding Feature, Direction, Editing and Production.

The wins mark only the second time a film has won a quartet of prizes at the New York awards show, following on from Ari Folman’s quadruple win for Waltz with Bashir. In addition, the doc is the second to win both the Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Feature prizes, following Steve James’s The Interrupters in 2012.

In claiming the Outstanding Feature prize, Citizenfour fought off competition from Life Itself, The Overnighters, Virunga and 20,000 Days on Earth.

The latter two films split the vote in the Outstanding Cinematography category, tying for the prize. There was also a tie in the Graphic Design category, with science doc Particle Fever and sci-fi doc Jodorowsky’s Dune sharing the honor.

Keep On Keepin' OnIn the Outstanding Short category, Lucy Walker’s Huntington’s Disease doc The Lion’s Mouth Opens took the honors, while the Audience Choice Prize went to Alan Hicks’ Tribeca-winning music doc Keep On Keepin’ On (pictured, left).

Cinema Eye organizers noted that more than 7,000 members of the public cast their vote in the final 36 hours of voting for the popular prize.

Elsewhere, the award for Nonfiction Film for Television went to ESPN ’30 for 30′ doc The Price of Gold, directed by Nanette Burstein; while the Heterodox Award – given to a fiction film that imaginatively incorporates non-fiction strategies or approaches – was given to Richard Linklater’s Oscar-tipped frontrunner Boyhood, which was shot on-and-off over a period of 12 years.

Finding Vivian MaierThe prize for Debut Feature Film, meanwhile, went to John Maloof and Charlie Siskel for their TIFF doc Finding Vivian Maier (pictured, right).

Finally, and as previously reported, the Cinema Eye Legacy Award was given to Jennie Livingston and Jonathan Oppenheim for their classic LGBT doc Paris is Burning.

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Green hosted this year’s awards show, which was held tonight (January 7) at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York, with journalist Sarah Koening, the host and producer of the acclaimed podcast Serial, serving as announcer and Voice of God.

The full list of awards winners follows below:

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking

Citizenfour
Directed by Laura Poitras
Produced by Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky

Outstanding Achievement in Direction

Laura Poitras
Citizenfour

Outstanding Achievement in Editing

Mathilde Bonnefoy
Citizenfour

Outstanding Achievement in Production

Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky
Citizenfour

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography (tie)

Erik Wilson
20,000 Days on Earth

Franklin Dow and Orlando von Einsiedel
Virunga

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Films Made for Television

The Price of Gold
Directed by Nanette Burstein
Produced by Libby Geist
For ESPN/30 for 30: John Dahl, Connor Schell, Bill Simmons

Audience Choice Prize

Keep On Keepin’ On
Directed by Alan Hicks

Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film

Finding Vivian Maier
Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
20,000 Days on Earth

Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation (tie)

Syd Garon
Jodorowsky’s Dune

Heather Brantman & Tim Fisher
Particle Fever

Spotlight Award

1971
Directed by Johanna Hamilton

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking

The Lion’s Mouth Opens
Directed by Lucy Walker

Heterodox Award

Boyhood
Directed by Richard Linklater

Legacy Award

Paris is Burning
Directed by Jennie Livingston

  • Read realscreen‘s November/December cover feature on the making of Citizenfour here
Realscreen magazine November 2014 issue
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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