‘Citizenfour’ Leads 8th Cinema Eye Honors Nominations [WATCH VIDEO]

By Ambika Thakur | 3 years ago
‘Citizenfour’ Leads 8th Cinema Eye Honors Nominations [WATCH VIDEO]
Laura Poitras introducing her film CITIZENFOUR about Edward Snowden at the IFC Center in NYC./Autopilot

Cinema Eye has released the complete list of nominees for the yearly Nonfiction Film Awards. Real-life thriller,  "Citizenfour," leads the list of Cinema Eye Honors 2015 nominations with six nods. Following close behind are the documentaries "20,000 Days on Earth," and "Life Itself" — both of which received five nominations. Read on for further details.

According to the official site, "Citizenfour" is Laura Poitras’s inside look at Edward Snowden’s National Security Administration (NSA) revelation and NSA spying scandal. The film earned accolades in Directing, Editing, Production, Cinematography, and the Audience Choice categories. The film had its U.S. premiere on Oct. 10, 2014 at the New York Film Festival and its UK premiere on Oct. 17, 2014 at the BFI London Film Festival. The film features Glenn Greenwald and was co-produced by Poitras and Steven Soderbergh among others.

"Citizenfour must have been a maddening documentary to film. Its subject is pervasive global surveillance, an enveloping digital act that spreads without visibility, so its scenes unfold in courtrooms, hearing chambers and hotels. Yet the virtuosity of Laura Poitras, its director and architect, makes its 114 minutes crackle with the nervous energy of revelation,” Spencer Ackerman of the Guardian writes in his review.

Poitras also won the 2011 Directing Award for "The Oath." Other films with multiple nominations include "Virunga," "The Case Against 8," "Finding Vivian Maier" and "Keep On Keepin' On" — all of these were made by first-time filmmakers. For this year’s Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking, 36 feature films and six short films will vie for the said category. Other films contesting for prizes include "The Case Against 8," "Actress," "The E-Team," "Finding Vivian Maier," "Jodorowsky’s Dune," "Ne Me Quitte Pas," "Particle Fever" and "Return to Homs." Winners will be announced on Jan. 7, 2015 at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City.

Cinema Eye was founded in 2007. The objective of this establishment was to recognize excellence in artistry and craft in nonfiction filmmaking. The Honors ceremony is the center of attraction of Cinema Eye Week, a multiday, multicity celebration that acknowledges the best work in nonfiction film with film screenings in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles. This year's winners will be announced on January 7, 2015 during a ceremony held at the Museum of Moving Image in Queens, NY. See below for the complete list of nominees.

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking
"CITIZENFOUR"
"Life Itself"
"The Overnighters"
"20,000 Days on Earth"
"Virunga"

Outstanding Achievement in Direction
Robert Greene ("Actress")
Laura Poitras ("CITIZENFOUR")
Steve James ("Life Itself")
Jesse Moss ("The Overnighters")
Nick Broomfield ("Tales of the Grim Sleeper")

Outstanding Achievement in Editing
"Actress"
"The Case Against 8"
"CITZENFOUR"
"Life Itself"
"Ne Me Quitte Pas"
"Point and Shoot"

Outstanding Achievement in Production
"The Case Against 8"
"CITIZENFOUR"
"The E-Team"
"Return to Homs"
"Virunga"

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
"CITIZENFOUR"
"The E-Team"
"Ne Me Quitte Pas"
"Rich Hill"
"20,000 Days on Earth"
"Virunga"

Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film
"Approaching the Elephant"
"Evolution of a Criminal"
"Finding Vivian Maier"
"Return to Homs"
"20,000 Days on Earth"

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score
"The Great Invisible"
"Life Itself"
"Mateo"
"The Possibilities are Endless"
"20,000 Days on Earth"

Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation
"Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart"
"Jodorowsky's Dune"
"Particle Fevery"
"Red Army"
"The Unknown Known"

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Films Made for Television
"American Masters: Jimi Hendrix – Here My Train a Comin'"
"The Education of Muhammad Hussein"
"Hillsborough"
"The Price of Gold"
"Six by Sondheim"

Audience Choice Prize
"The Cast Against 8"
"CITIZENFOUR"
"Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me"
"Finding Vivian Maier"
"Jodorowsky's Dune"
"Keep On Keepin' On"
"Life Itself"
"Mistake for Strangers"
"Particle Fever"
"20,000 Days on Earth"

Spotlight Award
"Evaporating Borders"
"An Honest Liar"
"Living Stars"
"My Name is Salt"
"1971"

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking
"Hacked Circuit"
"Joanna"
"The Lion's Mouth Opens"
"Notes on Blindness"
"One Year Lease"

The unparalleled Sam Green will be hosting this year's event, which will be held at the Museum of the Moving Image. Click here to buy tickets. Voting for the Audience Choice Prize is open to the public via the Cinema Eye website here.

That’s it for the news on the 8th Cinema Eye Honors Nominations. Stay tuned on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates.

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