The Cinema Eye Honors has unveiled its first awards nominees for their 12th annual awards celebrating achievement in non-fiction filmmaking, including box-office favorites Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and RBG.
Nominees are chosen across four awards categories: Broadcast Film; Broadcast Series; the Heterodox Award, which recognizes fiction films that actively blur the line between fiction and documentary; and the annual Audience Choice Prize, where audiences around the world may vote for the year’s most popular and talked about films.
Honors outside the nominations include The Unforgettables, Cinema Eye’s annual list of notable and significant non-fiction film subjects, and The Shorts List, an annual list of the year’s 10 top non-fiction short films.
Nominees for the Audience Choice Prize are Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s Free Solo, Stephen Loveridge’s Mantangi/Maya/M.I.A., Bing Liu’s Minding the Gap, Alexandria Bombach’s On Her Shoulders, Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s RGB (pictured), Sandi Tan’s Shirkers, Tim Wardle‘s Three Identical Strangers, Morgan Neville‘s Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Rashida Jones and Alan Hicks’ Quincy and Dava Whisenant’s Bathtubs Over Broadway.
Free Solo, Mantangi/Maya/M.I.A., Minding the Gap, On Her Shoulders, RGB, Shirkers, Three Identical Strangers and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? were also recognized amongst The Unforgettables.
Outstanding Non-fiction Series for Broadcast marks the first year that broadcast series and films are feted separately. Inaugural nominees include Steve James‘ America to Me for Starz, Trey Borzilleri and Barbara Schroeder‘s Evil Genius for Netflix, Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper and Jessica Dimmock‘s Flint Town for Netflix, Liz Garbus‘ The Fourth Estate for Showtime, Matthew Heineman’s The Trade for Showtime and Chapman and Maclain Way’s Wild Wild Country for Netflix.
Meanwhile, Outstanding Non-fiction Film for Broadcast nominees are Sonja Sohn’s Baltimore Rising (HBO), Don Argott’s Believer (HBO), Greg Barker‘s The Final Year (HBO), Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir’s I Am Evidence (HBO), Brian Knappenberger‘s Nobody Speak: Trials of a Free Press (Netflix) and Alexandra Shiva‘s This is Home: A Refugee Story (Epix).
Bart Layton’s American Animals, Crystal Moselle’s Skate Kitchen, Jennifer Fox’s The Tale, Jeremiah Zagar’s We the Animals and Evangelia Kranioti’s Obscuro Barroco round out the nominations, vying for this year’s Heterodox Award.
Netflix, Focus Features and Hulu hosted the Cinema Eye Fall Lunch event where the announcement was made at Casita Hollywood. The full list of non-fiction film and craft nominees, including the five nominees for Outstanding Non-fiction Short Film, will be revealed on Nov. 8.
The 12th Annual Cinema Eye Honors will be presented Jan. 10 at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York.