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Cinema Eye Nominees Include Lauded Docs Senna, The Interrupters, The Arbor, Dragonslayer

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 26, 2011 at 11:13AM

The 2012 Cinema Eye Honors nominations, announced Wednesday in London, were dominated by Tristan Patterson's skateboard doc Dragonslayer, Danfung Dennis’ Afghan embed adventure Hell and Back Again, Patricio Guzman's Nostalgia for the Light, dramatic car racing doc Senna, Clio Bernard's audacious The Arbor, the third installment of the Indonesian family trilogy Position Among the Stars, and Steve James' The Interrupters.
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Thompson on Hollywood

The 2012 Cinema Eye Honors nominations, announced Wednesday in London, were dominated by Tristan Patterson's skateboard doc Dragonslayer, Danfung Dennis’ Afghan embed adventure Hell and Back Again, Patricio Guzman's Nostalgia for the Light, dramatic car racing doc Senna, Clio Bernard's audacious The Arbor, the third installment of the Indonesian family trilogy Position Among the Stars, and Steve James' The Interrupters.

Both Senna and Life in a Day were cited in the editing category, while Errol Morris's Tabloid and James Marsh's HBO look at a 70s chimp, Project Nim, landed nominations in graphic design and animation.

The Cinema Eye committee of international fest programmers culled 33 films from 12 countries. The awards will be announced on January 12 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York. TOH's interview with Cinema Eye co-founder AJ Schnack on this year's voting process for the fifth awards, eligibility and the growing influence of the fest on other awards, including the Spirits and Oscars, is here. Full list of nominees is below.

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking:

“The Arbor”
“Senna”
“Project Nim”
“Position Among the Stars”
“Nostalgia for the Light”
“The Interrupters”

Outstanding Achievement in Direction:

“The Arbor”
“Position Among the Stars”
“Nostalgia for the Light”
“The Interrupters”
“Hell and Back Again”

Outstanding Achievement in Production:

“Position Among the Stars”
“Nostalgia for the Light”
“Hell and Back Again”
“Dragonslayer”
“Bombay Beach”

Outstanding Achievement in Editing:

“Senna”
“Position Among the Stars”
“Life in a Day”
“Dragonslayer”
“The Black Power Mix Tape”

Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design and Animation:

“Tabloid”
“Shut Up Little Man!”
“Project Nim”
“Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then”
“Better This World”
“Women Art Revolution”

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score:

“The Arbor”
“Tabloid”
“Senna”
“Dragonslayer”
“Cave of Forgotten Dreams”

Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film:

“The Arbor”
“Hell and Back Again”
“Dragonslayer”
“Bombay Beach”
“At the Edge of Russia

Spotlight Award:

“The Tiniest Place”
“Scenes of a Crime”
“The Pruitt-Igoe Myth”
“Last Days Here”
“Family Instinct”

Audience Choice Prize:

“Tabloid”
“Senna”
“Project Nim”
“Justin Bieber: Never Say Never”
“The Interrupters”
“Give Up Tomorrow”
“Cave of Forgotten Dreams”
“Buck”
“The Black Power Mix Tape”
“Bill Cunningham New York”

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking:

“This Chair is Not Me”
“Out of Reach”
“Minka”
“Diary”
“Il Capo”


This article is related to: Awards, Genres, Oscars, Indie Spirits, Documentaries


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.