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) and Bully (2013).

20 Feet From Stardom

Nominated for Audience Choice

“Twenty Feet from Stardom” follows several diverse and gifted backup singers living in the shadows of superstardom. These singers belong to the first family of American voice and represent a range of styles throughout late 20th Century music. Their stories...

The Act of Killing

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

This monumental work situates itself in terrain so terrifying that few filmmakers would dare even visit. After connecting with a handful of boastful Indonesian thugs with a genocidal history, Joshua Oppenheimer offers them the opportunity to revisit their past through...

Blackfish

Nominated for Audience Choice, Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score

Even in captivity, orcas, the largest predatory mammal in the world, grow as large as 12,000 pounds. While our popular imagination is filled with the likes of Shamu and company at Sea World, the footage in this film reveals a...

The Crash Reel

Nominated for Audience Choice, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking for Television

A mere two months before the 2010 Winter Olympics, game-changing pro snowboarder Kevin Pearce suffered a traumatic brain injury that derailed his life, career and a much-anticipated rivalry with competitor Shaun White. Oscar®-nominee Lucy Walker’s engaging, intimate portrayal of Pearce’s...

Cutie and the Boxer

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

A beautifully crafted and intimate portrait of two Japanese artists, Ushio and Noriko, and their forty-year love story. When they meet in New York in the 1970s Noriko feels in the shadow of her older, higher-profile, husband who is lauded...

Muscle Shoals

Nominated for Audience Choice

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. The music of Muscle Shoals changed the world and sold millions of copies. At its heart is Rick...

Rafea: Solar Mama

Nominated for Audience Choice

An illiterate Bedouin woman, Rafea has her hands full: she looks after four daughters and a lay about husband, as they struggle to survive in a tent in the Jordanian desert. When she is offered the chance to travel to...

Sound City

Nominated for Audience Choice

“Sound City” focuses both on the history of the legendary Van Nuys, CA studio for which it is named–where such artists as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Fear, Johnny Cash, Rick Springfield, DIO, Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, Queens...

The Square

Nominated for Audience Choice, Outstanding Achievement in Production

“Your revolution is over. Go home,” demands a military officer. Hosni Mubarak has fallen and for the first few days, Egypt rejoices. But what happens now? Led by a group of revolutionaries who understand that the fight extends far beyond...

Stories We Tell

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

A vivacious force of nature, actress and filmmaker Sarah Polley’s mother Diane died when her daughter was just 11. Only recently Polley discovered that her mother took to her grave a secret that alters her family’s dynamic and causes a...

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