“Citizenfour” takes doc prize from U.S. film critics

Citizenfour (pictured), Laura Poitras's documentary on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, has taken the best non-fiction honors from the National Society of Film Critics in the U.S.
January 5, 2015

Laura Poitras’s documentary on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden (pictured) has taken the best non-fiction honors from the National Society of Film Critics in the U.S.

The organization announced the winners of its 49th annual awards on January 3, with Citizenfour taking the documentary prize. First and second runners-up, respectively, were Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery and Jesse Moss’s The Overnighters

Poitras’s film also took non-fiction awards last month from the New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Boston Society of Film Critics.

Meanwhile, receiving the best doc prize from the Toronto Film Critics Association was Moss’s The Overnighters, with Citizenfour and Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez’s Manakamana named as runners-up.

Elsewhere, the New York Film Critics Online awarded Steve James’s Life Itself its best documentary prize.

In other awards news, a batch of non-fiction films are up for both feature and television doc awards from the American Cinema Editors organization, which will distribute its 65th annual Eddie Awards on January 30 in Los Angeles.

Nominees for best edited feature documentary include Mathilde Bonnefoy for Citizenfour; Aaron Wickenden for Finding Vivian Maier; and Elisa Bonora for Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.

Meanwhile, editors vying for the best edited television documentary prize are John Duffy, Michael O’Halloran and Eric Lea for Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey – Standing Up in the Milky Way; Troy Takaki and Joey Vigour for Pauly Shore Stands Alone; and Erik Ewers for The Roosevelts: An Intimate History - Episode 3, The Fire of Life.

Finally, nominees for best edited non-scripted series include Hunter Gross for Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – Iran; Josh Earl and Johnny Bishop for Deadliest Catch – Lost at Sea; and Joe Langford and Nick Carew for Vice – Greenland is Melting & Bonded Labor.

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