The influential Cinema Eye Honors nominations, voted on by documentary filmmakers, help to narrow the wide field for documentary awards contenders. Amazon Studios release “Time,” Garrett Bradley’s poetic black-and-white portrait of one family’s struggle through years of incarceration, leads the field with six nominations, including Outstanding Feature, Direction, Editing, Score and Debut.
Garnering four nominations: Alexander Nanau’s Romanian health system exposé “Collective” (Magnolia/Participant), Victor Kossakovsky’s story of a mother pig, “Gunda” (Neon), and David France’s “Welcome to Chechnya” (HBO) with four.
With three nominations each: Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss’ “Boys State” (Apple), Kirsten Johnson’s “Dick Johnson is Dead” (Netflix), Liz Garbus’ series “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” (HBO), Gianfranco Rosi’s Italian Oscar submission “Notturno” (Super Ltd), and Michael Dweck & Gregory Kershaw’s “The Truffle Hunters” (Sony Pictures Classics).
Per usual, prolific Netflix leads all distributors/broadcasters with thirteen nominations, while HBO Documentary Films grabbed ten, and Magnolia Pictures, nine.
Audience Choice nominees include Netflix’s “Crip Camp,” “My Octopus Teacher,” and “The Social Dilemma,” as well as “I Am Greta” (Hulu), “John Lewis: Good Trouble” (Magnolia/Participant), and “The Mole Agent” (Gravitas Ventures).
The 2021 Cinema Eye Honors Awards Ceremony will take place as a virtual event on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.
This year, more than 65 percent of the Cinema Eye nominations went to first-timers. Women filmmakers and craftspeople made up a record 44 percent, and for the first time female directors scored more nominations overall than their male counterparts.
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