Awards are being lined up to be distributed these days. The Oscar nominees will be announced in a couple of hours and in three days the Golde Globe comes up. Good for cinema with all this artificial competition?, maybe, good for publicity for the documentary genre in general, I think so. Here is another one, Cinema Eye, quite interesting:
Just a couple of lines about the Cinema Eye Honors taken from the press release that was received this morning: The Cinema Eye Honors were founded in 2007 to recognize excellence in artistry and craft in nonfiction filmmaking. It remains the only international nonfiction award to recognize the whole creative team, presenting annual craft awards in directing, producing, cinematography, editing, composing and graphic design/animation.
Lovely to see “5 Broken Cameras” (photo) by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi to receive the main recognition for “Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking”. Michael Moore accepted the award for the two directors, saying ““I personally feel it’s one of the most beautiful pieces of artistic cinema, you don’t see this on the evening news. You don’t see Palestinians portrayed this way.”
Direction prize went to Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady for “Detropia”, the audience chose “Bully” by Lee Hirsch and Jeff Orlowski was honored for an outstanding achievement in cinematography for “Chasing Ice”. Not to forget a film close to the heart of this blogger, “Argentinian Lesson” by Wojciech Staron, which got the “Spotlight Award”. More to be read about on the website, also that a Legacy Award was presented to Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker for “The War Room”, a classic in documentary history.