Awards round-up: BIFA, LA, DC, EFA, Boston winners

The Act of Killing bagged three prizes, while Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (pictured) and Stories We Tell were among the other winners during a busy weekend on the awards circuit.
December 9, 2013

The Act of Killing and Stories We Tell both maintained their Oscar momentum with major awards wins over the weekend.

Joshua Oppenheimer’s Killing took the European Documentary prize at the 26th European Film Awards; was named Best Documentary at New York Film Critics Online Awards; and was honored with the Best Documentary award by The Boston Society of Film Critics.

The Boston critics named At Berkeley, Blackfish, The Crash Reel, Leviathan and 20 Feet from Stardom as runners-up.

Meanwhile, Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell was named best documentary by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, continuing a winning streak that has seen it earning recent acclaim from the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review. The LA critics named Killing as their runner-up.

Those wins came as the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) this morning (December 9) named Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s Blackfish as their Best Documentary of the year.

Across the pond, another Oscar-shortlisted documentary earned further acclaim this weekend, with the British Independent Film Awards naming Maxim Pozdorovkin and Mike Learner’s Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (pictured above) as the year’s Best Documentary.

Meanwhile, on Friday night (December 6) in Los Angeles, Jehane Noujaim’s The Square took the top doc prize at the International Documentary Association’s annual awards bash, as previously reported.

Finally, in Canada, Lucy Walker’s snowboarding documentary The Crash Reel bagged two awards at the Whistler Film Festival (WFF), landing the WFF Best Mountain Culture Film Award and the prize for Best Female-Directed Documentary.

In the latter category, the jury awarded a special mention to 81-year-old Canadian director Alanis Obomsawin, for her doc Hi-Ho Mistahey!

The WFF World Documentary Award was awarded to Mitchell Kezin’s Jingle Bell Rocks!

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