“Look of Silence” wins big at Cinema Eye Honors

Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence (pictured), a follow-up to 2012's The Act of Killing, took home three awards at the 9th Annual Cinema Eye Honors, including Outstanding Feature, Direction and Production.
January 14, 2016

Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence (pictured), a follow-up to 2012′s The Act of Killing, took home three awards at the 9th Annual Cinema Eye Honors, held on Wednesday (January 13).

The film, which shadows a man as he confronts those responsible for killing his brother during the Indonesian genocide 50 years ago, took home the honors for Outstanding Nonfiction Feature, Outstanding Direction for Oppenheimer, and Outstanding Production for Signe Byrge Sørensen.

In claiming the Outstanding Feature prize, The Look of Silence beat out competition from Matthew Heineman’s Cartel Land, Asif Kapadia‘s Amy, Camilla Neilsson’s Democrats and Stevan Riley’s Listen to Me Marlon.

With the win in outstanding feature and production, Oppenheimer and Sørensen became the first two-time winners in the categories in Cinema Eye’s history. Meanwhile, Amy editor Chris King became the first individual to win three awards in the same category, having previously won for Exit Through the Gift Shop and Senna.

Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth ‘Chai’ Vasarhelyi’s Meru was recognized in two categories, including Audience Choice and Cinematography, the latter of which was shared with Heineman and  Matt Porwoll’s Cartel Land.

Elsewhere, the Nonfiction Short Film Award also resulted in a tie, with Elizabeth Lo’s Hotel 22 and Scott Cummings’ Buffalo Juggalos walking away with this year’s honors. HBO Documentary Films’ Private Violence from director Cynthia Hill took home the Nonfiction Film for Television award, while Alexandre Nanau’s Toto and His Sisters took the Spotlight Award.

The prize for Debut Feature Film, meanwhile, went to Crystal Moselle for her film The Wolfpack, which enjoyed its world premiere at Sundance.

As previously reported, the Cinema Eye Legacy Award was given to Chris Smith for his iconic doc American Movie.

Founded in 2007, the Cinema Eye organization recognizes the entire creative team behind a documentary, and presents craft awards in categories including directing, producing, cinematography and editing, among others. Nominees for the group’s feature awards are determined by a committee of international documentary programmers.

The full list of awards winners follows below:

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking
The Look of Silence
Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer
Produced by Signe Byrge Sørensen

Outstanding Achievement in Direction
Joshua Oppenheimer
The Look of Silence

Outstanding Achievement in Editing
Chris King

Outstanding Achievement in Production
Signe Byrge Sørensen
The Look of Silence

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography (tie)
Matthew Heineman and Matt Porwoll
Cartel Land

Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score
Laurie Anderson
Heart of a Dog

Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation
Stefan Nadelman and Hisko Hulsing
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film
The Wolfpack
Directed by Crystal Moselle

Audience Choice Prize
Directed by Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Films Made for Television
Private Violence
Directed and Produced by Cynthia Hill
For HBO Documentary Films: Senior Producer Nancy Abraham, Executive Producer Sheila Nevins

Spotlight Award
Toto and His Sisters
Directed by Alexandre Nanau

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking (tie)
Buffalo Juggalos
Directed by Scott Cummings

Hotel 22
Directed by Elizabeth Lo

Heterodox Award
Directed by Jafar Panahi

Legacy Award
American Movie
Directed by Chris Smith

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