Oscar Documentary Contenderts 2016
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The Look of Silence,” Joshua Oppenheimer’s examination of the Indonesian genocide of the 1960s, has won the top documentary award at the 9th Annual Cinema Eye Honors.

“The Look of Silence” also won the directing award for Oppenheimer and the outstanding production honor for Signe Byrge Sørensen. Oppenheimer and Sørensen were honored in 2014 in both categories for the companion documentary “The Act of Killing.”

Chris King won his third Cinema Eye editing award for “Amy,” making him the first person to win three awards in the same category. He won the previous awards for “Exit Through the Gift Shop” and “Senna.”

Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin mountain-climbing film “Meru” won awards for Audience Choice and Cinematography. The latter award was shared with “Cartel Land” cinematographers Matthew Heineman and Matt Porwoll.

Laurie Anderson won the award for original score for “Heart of a Dog.” Stefan Nadelman and Hisko Hulsing took graphic design for “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” and Crystal Moselle won the outstanding debut award for “The Wolfpack.”

“Hotel 22” by Elizabeth Lo and “Buffalo Juggalos” by Scott Cummings tied for the short film award. The TV trophy went to Cynthia Hills for HBO Documentary Films’ “Private Violence.”  Alexandre Nanau’s “Toto and His Sisters” received the Spotlight Award.

Steve James, who won a Cinema Eye award in 2012 for “The Interrupters,” hosted the event at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. Presenters included Laura Poitras, Chris Hegedus, Ross McElwee, “Making a Murderer” co-directors Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi, Alex Gibney, Liz Garbus and Chris Smith, director of “American Movie.”

On Tuesday, “American Movie” was presented with its Legacy Award at the Cinema Eye Honors Lunch and Jafar Panahi’s “Taxi” won the Heterodox Award.

 

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