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Beyonce’s ‘Homecoming’ Leads in First Round of Cinema Eye Honors Documentary Nominations

Michael Jackson film ”Leaving Neverland“ receives two nominations; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Chelsea Manning land on list of unforgettable doc subjects


Beyonce’s “Homecoming” has landed three nominations to lead all films in the first round of noms for the Cinema Eye Honors, a New York-based awards ceremony established in 2007 to honor all aspects of nonfiction filmmaking.

In an announcement made at a luncheon in downtown Los Angeles, Cinema Eye Honors organizers unveiled nominations in seven categories, including new categories for broadcast editing and cinematography. “Homecoming” received nominations in both those new categories, as well as for the outstanding broadcast film of the year.

It faces off in that last category against “Apollo: Mission to the Moon,” “At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal,” “Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists,” “Leaving Neverland” and “The Sentence.”

Other shows with multiple nominations were the broadcast series “Salt Fat Acid Heat” and “Tricky Dick,” which received two each.

Cinema Eye also revealed the nominees in its Heterodox category, which honors films that blur the line between fiction and documentary. Mati Diop’s “Atlantics,” which won the Grand Prix in Cannes and is now competing in the Oscars international race, was a nominee, along with Alma Har’el’s “Honey Boy,” Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra’s “The Infiltrators,” Joanna Hogg’s “The Souvenir” and Pedro Costa’s “Vitalina Varela.”

Godfrey Reggio’s “Koyaanisqatsi” will receive the Legacy Award, which puts it on a Cinema Eye honor roll of influential nonfiction films.

In addition, Cinema Eye announced the 10 nominees in its short-film category, and the 15 documentary subjects on its list The Unforgettables. That list includes Dr. Ruth Westheimer (“Ask Dr. Ruth”), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (“Knock Down the House”), sailor Tracy Edwards (“Maiden”) and Chelsea Manning (“XY Chelsea”).

The bulk of the Cinema Eye Honors nominations will be announced on Nov. 7, and the awards will be handed out at the 13th Cinema Eye Honors ceremony on Jan. 6 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York.

Legacy Award
Directed and Produced by Godfrey Reggio
Cinematography Ron Fricke
Editing Ron Fricke and Alton Walpole
Original Score Philip Glass

Directed by Mati Diop
“Honey Boy”
Directed by Alma Har’el
“The Infiltrators”
Directed by Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra
“The Souvenir”
Directed by Joanna Hogg
“Vitalina Varela”
Directed by Pedro Costa

The Unforgettables
Lea Tsemel

“The Amazing Johnathan Documentary”
The Amazing Johnathan

“Ask Dr. Ruth”
Dr. Ruth Westheimer

“The Cave”
Dr. Amani Ballour

“The Disappearance of My Mother”
Benedetta Barzini

“For Sama”
Waad and Hamza al-Kataeb

“Hail Satan?”
Lucien Greaves

Hatidze Muratova

“Knock Down the House”
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Tracy Edwards

“Midnight Family”
Juan Ochoa

“Midnight Traveler”
Fatima Hussain and Hassan Fazili


“What You Gonna Do When the World’s On Fire?”
Judy Hill

“XY Chelsea”
Chelsea Manning

Shorts List
“All on a Mardi Gras Day”
Directed by Michal Pietrzyk

Directed by Isa Roa

“Fast Horse”
Directed by Alex Lazarowich

“Ghosts of Sugar Land”
Directed by Bassam Tariq

“In the Absence”
Directed by Seung Jun-Yi

“Life Overtakes Me”
Directed by John Haptas & Kristine Samuelson

“Lowland Kids”
Directed by Sandra Winther

“St. Louis Superman”
Directed by Smriti Mundhra & Sami Khan

“Stay Close”
Directed by Luther Clement & Shuhan Fan

“Subject to Review”
Directed by Theo Anthony

Broadcast Film
“Apollo: Mission to the Moon”
Directed by Tom Jennings | National Geographic
“At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal”
Directed by Erin Lee Carr | HBO
“Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists”
Directed by Jonathan Alter, Steven McCarthy and John Block | HBO
Directed by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter | Netflix
“Leaving Neverland”
Directed by Dan Reed | HBO
“The Sentence”
Directed by Rudy Valdez | HBO

Outstanding Broadcast Series
“The Case Against Adnan Syed”
Directed by Amy Berg | HBO
“The Family”
Directed by Jesse Moss | Netflix
“Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle”
Directed by Shan Nicholson and Richard Lopez | Sundance
“Last Chance U: Season 4”
Directed by Greg Whiteley | Netflix
“Salt Fat Acid Heat”
Directed by Caroline Suh | Netflix
“Tricky Dick”
Directed by Mary Robertson | CNN

Outstanding Broadcast Editing
“Apollo: Mission to the Moon”
David Tillman | National Geographic
Alexander Hammer, Andrew Morrow, Nia Imani and Julian Klincewicz | Netflix
“Leaving Neverland”
Jules Cornell | HBO
“Tricky Dick”
Benji Kast, David Mehlman, Diana DiCilio and Seth Skundrick | CNN

Outstanding Broadcast Cinematography
Mark Ritchie, Julian Klincewicz, Dikayl Rimmasch and Irie Calkins | Netflix
“Into the Okavango”
Neil Gelinas | National Geographic
“Salt Fat Acid Heat”
Luke McCoubrey | Netflix
Matt Porwoll and Ross Kauffman| Discovery