Movie City News has the full press release and, if you’re into stats, you’ve got to see this thing. Just a taste: “The nominations for Citizenfour and Life Itself are historic. It’s the first time in Cinema Eye history that a previous winner of the Outstanding Achievement in Direction category were nominated for a subsequent work in the Nonfiction Feature category. Poitras won in 2011 for The Oath and James won in 2012 for The Interrupters.”
Well done, Cinema Eye Honors. Below, then, just a quick overview of the nominees for the 8th annual Nonfiction Film Awards; the winners will be announced on January 7, 2015 at the Museum of the Moving Image in NYC.
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NONFICTION FEATURE FILMMAKING
Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days on Earth.
Jesse Moss’s The Overnighters.
Orlando von Einsiedel’s Virunga.
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTION
Steve James for Life Itself.
Jesse Moss for The Overnighters.
Laura Poitras for Citizenfour.
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING
Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden for Ne Me Quitte Pas.
Mathilde Bonnefoy for Citizenfour.
Robert Greene for Actress.
Steve James and David E. Simpson for Life Itself.
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
Ben Cotner and Ryan White for The Case Against 8.
Joanna Natesegara and Orlando von Einsiedel for Virunga.
Orwa Nyrabia and Hans Robert Eisenhauer for Return to Homs.
Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky for Citizenfour.
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Franklin Dow and Orlando von Einsiedel for Virunga.
Ross Kauffman and Rachel Beth Anderson for E-Team.
Laura Poitras, Kirsten Johnson, Katy Scoggin and Trevor Paglen for Citizenfour.
Niels van Koevorden for Ne Me Quitte Pas.
Erik Wilson for 20,000 Days on Earth.
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN A DEBUT FEATURE FILM
Talal Derki for Return to Homs.
Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard for 20,000 Days on Earth.
John Maloof and Charlie Siskel for Finding Vivian Maier.
Darius Clark Monroe for Evolution of a Criminal.
Amanda Rose Wilder for Approaching the Elephant.
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE
Joshua Abrams for Life Itself.
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis for 20,000 Days on Earth.
Edwyn Collins for The Possibilities Are Endless.
David Perlick-Molinari for Mateo.
David Wingo for The Great Invisible.
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN GRAPHIC DESIGN OR ANIMATION
Steven Do, The Unknown Known.
Syd Garon, Jodorowsky’s Dune.
Philippe Gariepy and Benoit St. Jean, Red Army.
Kyle McKeveny and Matt St. Leger, Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart.
MK12 (nominees to be determined), Particle Fever.
Gaston Duprat and Mariano Cohn’s Living Stars.
Johanna Hamilton’s 1971.
Farida Pacha’s My Name is Salt.
Iva Radivojevic’s Evaporating Borders.
Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom’s An Honest Liar.
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NONFICTION SHORT FILMMAKING
Brian Bolster’s One Year Lease.
Aneta Kopacz’s Joanna.
Peter Middleton and James Spinney’s Notes on Blindness.
Deborah Stratman’s Hacked Circuit.
Lucy Walker’s The Lion’s Mouth Opens.
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NONFICTION FILMS MADE FOR TELEVISION
Nanette Burstein’s The Price of Gold.
Daniel Gordon‘s Hillsborough.
James Lapine’s Six by Sondheim.
Bob Smeaton’s American Masters: Jimi Hendrix – Hear My Train a Comin’.
AUDIENCE CHOICE PRIZE
Tom Berninger’s Mistaken for Strangers.
Ben Cotner and Ryan White’s The Case Against 8.
Iain Forsythe and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days on Earth.
Alan Hicks’s Keep On Keepin’ On.
Steve James’s Life Itself.
Chiemi Karasawa’s Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.
Mark Levinson’s Particle Fever.
John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s Finding Vivian Meier.
Frank Pavich’s Jodorowsky’s Dune.
Laura Poitras’s Citizenfour.
See, too, the Cinema Eye Honors lists of “The Unforgettables, this year’s most notable and significant nonfiction film subjects,” and “The Influentials, the films that most inspired this year’s class of filmmakers eligible for the 2015 awards.”