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‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ ‘O.J.: Made in America’ Lead Cinema Eye Honors Documentary Nominees

Raoul Peck’s exploration of U.S. race relations, “I Am Not Your Negro,” and Ezra Edelman’s sprawling ESPN profile “O.J.: Made in America” led the 2016 Cinema Eye Honors nominations for documentary filmmaking with five mentions apiece.

The two films were nominated in the outstanding achievement in nonfiction feature filmmaking category along with Kirsten Johnson’s “Cameraperson,” Gianfranco Rosi’s “Fire at Sea,” and Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s “Weiner.”

Johnson, Rosi, Peck, and Edelman were nominated for best director along with “Kate Plays Christine” helmer Robert Greene.

Not nominated in any category was Ava DuVernay’s “13th,” widely considered one of the strongest contenders in the documentary Oscar race. But under current guidelines, DuVernay’s film and some other titles from Netflix, like “The Ivory Game,” did not meet eligibility this year. The cut-off date was Aug. 31. They will, however, be submitted for next year’s awards.

Full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced Jan. 11 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, N.Y.

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking
“Fire at Sea”
I Am Not Your Negro
“OJ: Made in America”

Outstanding Achievement in Direction
Kirsten Johnson (“Cameraperson”)
Gianfranco Rosi (“Fire at Sea”)
Raoul Peck (“I Am Not Your Negro”)
Robert Greene (“Kate Plays Christine”)
Ezra Edelman (“O.J.: Made in America”

Outstanding Achievement in Editing
“Cameraperson” (Nels Bangerter)
“Gleason” (Clay Tweel)
“I Am Not Your Negro” (Alexandra Strauss)
“O.J.: Made in America” (Bret Granato, Maya Mumma, Ben Sozanski)
“Weiner” (Eli Despres)

Outstanding Achievement in Production
“The Eagle Huntress” (Stacey Reiss, Sharon Chang, Otto Bell)
“Fire at Sea” (Donatello Palermo, Gianfranco Rosi, Serge Lalou, Camille Laemmle)
“O.J.: Made in America” (Ezra Edelman, Caroline Waterlow)
“Tickled” (Carthew Neal)
“Zero Days” (Marc Shmuger, Alex Gibney)

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
“All These Sleepless Nights” (Michal Marczak, Maciej Twardowski)
“Cameraperson” (Kirsten Johnson)
“Contemporary Color” (Jarred Alterman)
“The Eagle Huntress” (Simon Niblett)
“Fire at Sea” (Gianfranco Rosi)

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Films Made for Television
“Happy Valley”
“Heroin: Cape Cod, USA”
“How to Dance in Ohio”
“Making a Murderer”
“Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures”
“My Beautiful Broken Brain”

Audience Choice Prize
“I Am Not Your Negro”
“Life, Animated”
“Miss Sharon Jones!”
“Mr. Gaga”
“Presenting Princess Shaw”

Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film
Craig Atkinson (“Do Not Resist”)
Otto Bell (“The Eagle Huntress”)
Jessica Edwards (“Mavis!”)
Nanfu Wang (“Hooligan Sparrow”)
David Farrier, Dylan Reeve (“Tickled”)
Heidi Brandenburg, Mathew Orzel (“When Two Worlds Collide”)

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score
“All These Sleepless Nights” (Lubomir Grzelak)
“Contemporary Color” (nominees to be determined)
“I Am Not Your Negro” (Alexi Aigui)
“In the Pursuit of Silence” (Alex Lu)
“O.J.: Made in America” (Gary Lionelli)

Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation
“Author: The JT Leroy Story” (Chris Kirk, Syd Garon)
“Life, Animated” (Philippe Sonrier, Suzie Cimato)
“Nuts!” (nominees to be determined)
“Tower” (Craig Staggs, Keith Maitland)
“Zero Days” (nominees to be determined)

Spotlight Award
“All this Panic”
“Among the Believers”
“Dead Slow Ahead”
“The Land of the Enlightened”
“The Pearl”
“Les Sauteurs (Those Who Jump)”

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking
“Bacon and God’s Wrath”
“La Laguna”
“My Alepppo”
“Peace in the Valley”

The Unforgettables
(The year’s most notable and significant nonfiction film subjects — previously announced)

Michal Huszcza (“All These Sleepless Nights”)
Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman (“Audrie and Daisy”)
Laura Albert (“Author: The JT Leroy Story”)
Kirsten Johnson (“Cameraperson”)
Aisholpan Nurgaiv (“The Eagle Huntress”)
Samuela Pucillo (“Fire at Sea”)
Steve Gleason and Michel Varisco (“Gleason”)
Ye Haiyan (“Hooligan Sparrow”)
Kate Shiel (“Kate Plays Christine”)
Owen Suskind (“Life, Animated”)
Sharon Jones (“Miss Sharon Jones!”)
Peter Dunning (“Peter and the Farm”)
Princess Shaw (“Presenting Princess Shaw”)
Sonita Alidazeh (“Sonita”)
Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner (“Weiner”)

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