Tonight’s fifth annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking saw “The Interrupters,” Steve James’ epic portrait of violence mediators in Chicago, earn directing and picture awards. It is the first time that both awards went to the same film.

“Tonight, I don’t care about the Oscars!” James said in his acceptance speech.

Academy Award-winner Michael Moore presented James and producer Alex Kotlowitz with the award for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking. Moore also roused the audience with talk of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences’ new documentary rules, which are expected to get an official announcement this week.
Moore, elected to the Board of Governors of the Oscars last year, said he wanted to introduce a Democracy movement to this branch. “This is a much more open, transparent process, and the old days of secret committees are gone,” Moore said.

Cinema Eye presented honors in six craft categories,  as well as the Heterodox Award for Narrative Filmmaking, which went to Mike Mills’ “Beginners.” The Heterodox  recognizes a narrative film that imaginatively incorporates nonfiction strategies, content and/or modes of production.  And for the first time, Cinema Eye presented its Hell Yeah Prize to Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s “Paradise Lost” trilogy.

“It’s been a dream come true for us,” said Berlinger. “You can make a difference when you make these films. We’ve had this amazing journey the past 20 years. We’re really appreciative of HBO.”

Here’s the complete list of Cinema Eye Honors winners for 2012:

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking: “The Interrupters”
Outstanding Achievement in Direction: Steve James, “The Interrupters”
Audience Choice Prize: “Buck”
Outstanding Achievement in Production: Gian-Piero Ringel and Wim Wenders, “Pina”
Outstanding Achievement in Editing: Gregers Sall and Chris King, “Senna”
Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography: Danfung Dennis, “Hell and Back Again”
Spotlight Award: “The Tiniest Place”
Heterodox Award: “Beginners”
Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking: “Diary”
Outstanding Achievement in an Original Music Score: John Kusiak, “Tabloid”
Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design and Animation: Rob Feng and Jeremy Landman, “Tabloid”
Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film: Clio Barnard, “The Arbor”
Hell Yeah Prize: Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, The Paradise Lost Trilogy
Legacy Award: “Titicut Follies”

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