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2015 Cinema Eye Honors: The Look of Silence Fitted…and Fêted as Best Nonfiction Feature of ’15

Prior to today’s Oscar nomination announcements, Joshua Oppenheimer‘s follow up/ companion film to the haunting The Act of Killing won the top prizes at the 2015 Cinema Eye Honors. The Look of Silence claimed the Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature, Outstanding Achievement in Direction for Joshua Oppenheimer and Outstanding Achievement in Production for the film’s producer Signe Byrge Sorensen. Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi’s Sundance preemed docu landed a pair of wins. Here is the list of worthy winners per category.


Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking: “The Look of Silence,” directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, produced by Signe Byrge Sorensen

Outstanding Achievement in Direction: Joshua Oppenheimer, “The Look of Silence”

Outstanding Achievement in Editing: Chris King, “Amy”

Outstanding Achievement in Production: Signe Byrge Sorensen, “The Look of Silence”

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography: (tie) Matthew Heineman and Matt Porwoll, “Cartel Land,” and Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk, “Meru”

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Films Made for Television: “Private Violence,” directed and produced by Cynthia Hill

Audience Choice Prize: “Meru,” directed by Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi

Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film: “The Wolfpack,” directed by Crystal Moselle

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score: Laurie Anderson, “Heart of a Dog”

Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation: Stefan Nadelman and Hisko Hulsin, “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck”

Spotlight Award: “Toto and His Sisters,” directed by Alexandre Nanau

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking: (tie) “Buffalo Juggalos,” directed by Scott Cummings, and “Hotel 22,” directed by Elizabeth Lo

Heterodox Award: “Taxi,” directed by Jafar Panahi

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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