“Citizenfour” wins Gotham, NYFCC awards

Laura Poitras's film about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden (pictured) picked up best documentary honors from the Gotham Independent Film Awards and the New York Film Critics Circle.
December 2, 2014

Laura Poitras’s documentary¬†Citizenfour (pictured) has won two indie film awards in one day.

The film, about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, won the Best Documentary award at the fourth annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City last night (December 1).

Earlier in the day, the film picked up the award for Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary) from the New York Film Critics Circle.

The doc is shaping up as a favorite on this year’s awards circuit. It is has also received nominations for this year’s Film Independent Spirit Award and Cinema Eye Honors for Non-Fiction Filmmaking.

Citizenfour world premiered at the New York Film Festival and opened theatrically in the U.S. in late October. Poitras, who outlined the security measures she undertook in making the film in an interview for realscreen‘s November/December issue, has already won a number of high-profile awards in connection to her Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting on the NSA surveillance disclosures.

Check out the full list of Gotham Awards winners here and the full list of New York Film Critics Circle winners here.

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