All That Breathes directed by Shaunak Sen to debut on HBO
All That Breathes directed by Shaunak Sen

Shaunak Sen’s All That Breathes, which follows two brothers who run a bird hospital dedicated to rescuing injured black kites, took the top prize, winning the award for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking as well as the award for Cinematography at the 16th annual edition of the Cinema Eye Honors.

Fire of Love, Sara Dosa’s documentary about intrepid husband-and-wife volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft received three honors—the most of the evening won by any single film—for Outstanding Editing, Outstanding Visual Design (tied with Moonage Daydream) and Outstanding Original Score

Laura Poitras won Outstanding Direction for All The Beauty And The Bloodshed, which follows the life and work of photographer and activist Nan Goldin.

In the Visual Design category, Stefan Nadelman took home the trophy for Brett Morgen’s Moonage Daydream (tied with Fire of Love), which illuminates the life and genius of David Bowie.

Also receiving two awards was Daniel Roher’s Navalny, a nonfiction film that follows the Russian opposition leader and former presidential candidate Alexei Navalny in real time as he recovers from an assassination attempt. Navalny‘s producing team won the Outstanding Achievement in Production award, and the film also took home the Audience Choice Prize, an award voted on by documentary fans around the world.

This year’s ceremony opened with an emotional tribute to documentary pioneer Julia Reichert, a Cinema Eye winner and godmother of American independent documentary, Reichert died in December. Her husband and filmmaking partner, Steven Bognar, talked about Julia’s passion for her beloved documentary community.

Whitney Museum Curator Chrissie Iles announced this year’s Legacy Award, which was given to Terry Zwigoff for Crumb, his 1994 landmark portrait of artist Robert Crumb.

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking

All That Breathes
Directed and Produced by Shaunak Sen
Produced by Aman Mann and Teddy Leifer

Outstanding Achievement in Direction

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Laura Poitras

Outstanding Achievement in Editing

Fire of Love
Erin Casper and Jocelyne Chaput

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography

All That Breathes
Ben Bernhard and Riju Das

Outstanding Achievement in Production

Odessa Rae, Diane Becker, Melanie Miller and Shane Boris

Outstanding Achievement in Original Score

Fire of Love
Nicolas Godin

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

Moonage Daydream
Samir Foco, John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design (tie)

Fire of Love
Lucy Munger, Kara Blake, and Rui Ting Ji

Moonage Daydream
Stefan Nadelman

Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film

The Territory
Directed by Alex Pritz

Audience Choice Prize

Directed by Daniel Roher

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Film for Broadcast

Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes
Directed by James Jones | HBO Documentary Films/HBO Max

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Series

Black and Missing
Directed by Geeta Gandbhir and Samantha Knowles | HBO Documentary Films/HBO Max

Outstanding Achievement in Anthology Series

How To with John Wilson (Season Two)
Nathan Fielder, Michael Koman, Clark Reinking and John Wilson, Executive Producers | HBO

Outstanding Achievement in Editing in a Nonfiction Film or Series for Broadcast

We Need to Talk About Cosby
Meg Ramsay | Showtime

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in a Nonfiction Film or Series for Broadcast

Playing With Sharks
Michael Taylor, Judd Overton, Nathan Barlow and Toby Ralph | Disney+

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking

Nuisance Bear
Directed by Jack Weisman and Gabriela Osio Vanden

Legacy Award

Directed by Terry Zwigoff

Heterodox Award

Directed by Charlotte Wells

Spotlight Award

Master of Light
Directed by Rosa Ruth Boesten

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