“Citizenfour,” “Virunga” among BAFTA’s best doc nominees

Citizenfour, Finding Vivian Maier, 20 Feet from Stardom (pictured), Virunga and 20,000 Days on Earth will battle it out for BAFTA's best doc prize.
January 9, 2015

BAFTA has named the five films competing for the Best Documentary prize at this year’s British Academy Film  Awards, including Laura Poitras’s Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour.

The film won best non-fiction honors from the National Society of Film Critics in the U.S. earlier this week.

Joining the Poitras film are Morgan Neville’s Oscar-winner 20 Feet from Stardom, a behind-the-scenes look at professional  back-up singers; 20,000 Days on Earth, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s chronicle of a day in the life of Australian recording artist Nick Cave; the John Maloof- and Charlie Siskel-directed Finding Vivian Maier, about a mysterious photographer; and Orlando Von Einsiedel’s Congo park protection pic Virunga.

Many of the best doc nominees have also received other nods and awards over the past few days.

Citizenfour, which nabbed best doc donors from the New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Boston Society of Film Critics in December, swept the board at the Cinema Eye Honors on Wednesday (January 7), and was named runner-up for best doc by the Toronto Film Critics Association. Meanwhile, film editor Mathilde Bonnefoy was nominated for an Eddie for best edited feature documentary by the American Cinema Editors organization on January 2.

Finding Vivian Maier also won at the Cinema Eye Honors, for debut feature film, while the film itself was nominated by the Writers Guild of America for best documentary screenplay. Editor Aaron Wickenden also received an Eddie nomination.

On January 6, Virunga producers Von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara picked up a Producer’s Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures. 20,000 Days on Earth, meanwhilealso triumphed at the Cinema Eye Honors, picking up a pair of awards.

The BAFTA awards will be handed out at London’s Royal Opera House on February 8.

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