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‘The Look of Silence’ Wins IDA Award for Best Documentary of 2015

'Best of Enemies' picks up a pair while the Oscar finalist 'Last Day of Freedom' wins the short prize.

The Look of Silence,” Joshua Oppenheimer’s critically-acclaimed companion piece to “The Act of Killing,” won top honors at the International Documentary Association’s IDA Awards Saturday night. The film is one of 15 finalists squaring off for Oscar nominations this year.

Winning in the short category was Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman’s “Last Day of Freedom,” an animated account of Bill Babbitt’s decision to support and help his brother in the face of war, crime and capital execution, which is also on the shortlist of Academy contenders.

Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville’s “Best of Enemies,” about the 1968 televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr., won a pair of awards: best editing and the ABC News VideoSource Award.

Actor and comedian Bob Odenkirk presented the org’s Pioneer Award to Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, while Danny Glover presented Tony Tabatznik and the Bertha Foundation with the Amicus Award in recognition of their work supporting the essential needs of the non-fiction media landscape. Filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow was also on hand to present “Cartel Land” director Matthew Heineman with the Courage Under Fire Award.

Nominations can be found here. Full list of winners below.

Best Feature Award
The Look of Silence
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Producer: Signe Byrge Sørensen
Drafthouse Films and Participant Media

Best Cinematography
“The Russian Woodpecker”
Cinematography by: Artem Ryzhykov

Best Editing
“Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck”
Edited by: Joe Beshenkovsky and Brett Morgan

Best Writing
“Listen to Me Marlon”
Written by: Stevan Riley
Co-Writer: Peter Ettedgui

Best Music
“Best of Enemies”
Original Score by: Jonathan Kirkscey

ABC News VideoSource Award
“Best of Enemies”
Directors: Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville
Magnolia Pictures

Best Curated Series Award
“Independent Lens”
Executive Producers: Sally Jo Fifer and Lois Vossen
ITVS, PBS

“POV”
Executive Producers: Simon Kilmurry and Chris White
POV, PBS

Best Limited Series Award
“The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst”
Executive Producer: Jason Blum
Co-Executive Producer: Zac Stuart-Pontier
Produced by: Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling
HBO

Best Episodic Series Award
“Chef’s Table”
Executive Producers: David Gelb and Andrew Fried
Netflix

Best Short Form Series Award
“Do Not Track”
Executive Producer: Hugues Sweeney
National Film Board of Canada, Upian, Arte, and BR

David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award
“The Archipelago”
Director: Benjamin Huguet
The National Film and Television School

Best Short Award
Last Day of Freedom
Directors: Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Pare Lorentz Award
“How to Change the World”
Director: Jerry Rothwell

Career Achievement Award
Gordon Quinn

Pioneer Award
Ted Sarandos

Amicus Award
Tony Tabatznik and the Bertha Foundation

Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award
Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe

Courage Under Fire Award
Matthew Heineman

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