Alexander Nanau’s Collective took the top award at the 14th annual Cinema Eye Honors, winning outstanding achievement in non-fiction filmmaking, while Kristen Johnson won the outstanding direction honor for her film Dick Johnson Is Dead.
The 2021 awards were announced last night (March 9) in a virtual ceremony.
Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s feature-length documentary American Factory secured both awards during last year’s event. The film later went on to win best documentary feature at the 2020 Oscars.
Garrett Bradley’s Time picked up the awards for outstanding debut and editing, while David France’s Welcome to Chechnya received honors for outstanding production and outstanding broadcast film.
Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine’s Boys State received the audience choice prize.
All five films are on the Oscars shortlist for best documentary feature.
Liz Garbus’ HBO series I’ll Be Gone in the Dark also picked up two awards, winning for broadcast series and broadcast cinematography, while Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets by Bill Ross and Turner Ross took the Heterodox Award, which is presented to a film that combines narrative and non-fiction filming techniques.
The awards were the first for Garbus and the Ross brothers after multiple prior nominations.
Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw won the outstanding cinematography Award for their film, The Truffle Hunters, and the award for non-fiction short went to Sophia Nahli Allison for the Academy shortlisted film, A Love Song for Latasha.
The Spotlight Award went to Iryna Tsilyk for The Earth is Blue as an Orange. David Tedschi and Damien Rodriguez picked up the broadcast editing prize for Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story.
Vincent van Warmerdam received the original music score honor for Maite Alberdi’s The Mole Agent. Jenna Caravello, Arthur Jones, Nicole Stafford and Khylin Woodrow, the team from Feels Good Man, took the graphic design and animation prize.
The ceremony also featured tributes to legendary figures in documentary film who died this past year, including veteran director Michael Apted, influential editor Jonathan Oppenheim, documentary series subject Pat Loud and the 2018 Cinema Eye Legacy Award winner, Leon Gast.
Gast, who directed the Oscar-winning film When We Were Kings, died March 8.