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Audience Choice

One of our favorite Honors, the Audience Choice Prize is the award that everyone gets to vote for. It goes to those special films that engage, enrage, inspire, entertain and create intimate connections with their audiences. Previous winners in this category include The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2008), Up the Yangtze (2009), The September Issue (2010), Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2011), Buck (2012), Bully (2013) and Sound City (2014).

20,000 Days on Earth

Nominated for Audience Choice, Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film, Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score

Singer-songwriter Nick Cave is a singular figure from the last 40 years of music, a feral rogue whose Old Testament–style psychodramas and murder ballads stir up salvation and damnation in equal measure. In this exquisite profile, his still-vital spirit is...

Citizenfour

Nominated for Audience Choice, Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, Outstanding Achievement in Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Editing, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, Outstanding Achievement in Production

Laura Poitras was at work on the final installment of her trilogy about the aftermath of 9/11 (after My Country, My Country and The Oath), focusing on American electronic surveillance and whistleblowers, when she received an encrypted email from a...

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Nominated for Audience Choice

At eighty-seven years old, Elaine Stritch is taking her show on the road one last time. This uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner, playing cities across the U.S., is captured both on and off stage in this compelling chronicle of a...

Finding Vivian Maier

Nominated for Audience Choice, Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film

When Vivian Maier died in 2009 at age 83, she left behind more than 100,000 negatives of her street photography—images that she’d scarcely shared with anyone. Acquiring a box of her photos at a storage auction, John Maloof became obsessed...

Jodorowsky’s Dune

Nominated for Audience Choice, Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation

In 1975, Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky, whose films EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN launched and ultimately defined the midnight movie phenomenon, began work on his most ambitious project yet. Starring his own 12 year old son Brontis alongside Orson...

Keep On Keepin’ On

Nominated for Audience Choice

In his debut, director Alan Hicks spent four years following the charming and sometimes poignant mentorship between jazz-legend Clark Terry and blind piano prodigy Justin Kaulflin, during a pivotal moment in each of their lives. At 89 years old, ‘CT’...

Life Itself

Nominated for Audience Choice, Outstanding Achievement in Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Editing, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score

In 2013, we lost Roger Ebert—arguably the nation’s best-known and most influential movie critic. Based on his memoir of the same name, Life Itself recounts Ebert’s fascinating and flawed journey—from politicized school newspaperman, to Chicago Sun-Times movie critic, to Pulitzer...

Mistaken for Strangers

Nominated for Audience Choice

Hailed by Michael Moore as “one of the best documentaries about a band that I’ve ever seen,” Mistaken for Strangers is an unusual and moving film about two brothers, Matt and Tom Berninger. Matt, the lead singer of the acclaimed...

Particle Fever

Nominated for Audience Choice, Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation

Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity. For the first time, a film gives audiences a front row seat to our generation’s most significant and...

The Case Against 8

Nominated for Audience Choice, Outstanding Achievement in Editing, Outstanding Achievement in Production

Following the passage of California’s controversial Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage, progressive David Boies and ultra-conservative Ted Olson, legendary foes who had faced off in Bush v. Gore, formed an unexpected legal partnership to fight for its overturn, with...

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