Cinema Eye Honors nominations: ‘Minding the Gap’ and ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ boosted in Documentary Feature race


Cinema Eye Honors (CEH) announced nominees for its 12th annual awards Thursday afternoon, boosting acclaimed films “Minding the Gap” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” further along in the Documentary Feature derby. “Minding the Gap,” directed by debut filmmaker Bing Liu, even made CEH history by tying three other films (“The Cove,” “Last Train Home” and “Waltz with Bashir”) for the most nominations (seven) in Cinema Eye history.

CEH is our final bellwether in providing a glimpse at what our Documentary Feature short list might look like for the upcoming Oscars. CEH and Oscar matched three films in all of the last three years of both races though in none of those years did they choose the same winner. With that precedent in mind, we might expect three of CEH’s six nominees to not only make the short list, but go on to be Oscar nominated in January.

The CEH nominees this year do mirror, at least in part, what we’ve already seen from the International Documentary Association (IDA) and Critics Choice Documentary Awards (CCDA) nominees, as well as the short list for DOC NYC Film Festival. “Minding the Gap” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” are the only films that are distinguished by all four groups as short listed and/or nominated for the top prize. Of the CEH nominees, “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” missed with CCDA, “Three Identical Strangers” missed with IDA, “Of Fathers and Sons” missed with CCDA and DOC NYC and “Bisbee ’17” was only recognized by CEH.

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Notably missing from the CEH list are other high profile films “Shirkers,” which did pick up major nominations for directing and debut directing, “Free Solo,” which only showed up in the production, cinematography and score fields, and “Dark Money,” which got nowhere with CEH despite its successful nominations with IDA and CCDA.

Cinema Eye Honors winners will be announced at their 2019 Honors Awards Ceremony on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the Museum of Moving Image in Queens, New York.

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Full list of feature film nominations below:

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking

Bisbee ’17 – Director: Robert Greene (4th Row films)
Hale County This Morning, This Evening – Director: RaMell Ross (Cinema Guild)
Minding the Gap – Director: Bing Liu (Hulu/POV)
Of Fathers and Sons – Director: Talal Derki (Kino Lorber)
Three Identical Strangers – Director: Tim Wardle (Neon, CNN Films)
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
 – Director: Morgan Neville (Focus Features)

Outstanding Achievement in Direction

Bisbee ’17
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap

Of Fathers and Sons
Shirkers

Outstanding Achievement in Production

Bisbee ’17
Crime + Punishment
The Dawn Wall
Free Solo
Of Fathers and Sons
This Is Congo

Outstanding Achievement in Editing

Hale County This Morning, This Evening
John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection
Minding the Gap
Three Identical Strangers
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography

Bisbee ’17
Distant Constellation
Free Solo
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Makala
Minding the Gap

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score

Bisbee ’17
Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?
Free Solo
Minding the Gap
Shirkers
Time Trial

Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation

Bathtubs Over Broadway
Beuys
Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story
Liyana
Shirkers
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film

América
Distant Constellation
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Shirkers

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