Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography

It may be a simple thing to turn on a camera, but a rare few can capture the poetry and chaos of everyday life as it happens. Vertov said that the camera, the cinema eye (or kino-eye), was more powerful than the human eye. The camera is also the extension of the documentarian’s heart, in the moment, as they capture life unfolding. This award captures the great visual artists of our form. Previous winners in this category include Heloisa Passos for Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) (2008), Peter Zeitlinger for Encounters at the End of the World (2009), Brook Aitken for The Cove (2009), Lixin Fan for Last Train Home (2011), Danfung Dennis for Hell and Back Again, Jeff Orlowski for Chasing Ice (2013) and Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel for Leviathan (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...

Ne Me Quitte Pas

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, Outstanding Achievement in Editing

The crisis of masculinity subgenre gets reworked in this one-of-a-kind documentary, which follows, with surprising humility and hilarity, the downward spiral of two Belgian farmers’ mid-life crises. Left by his wife for another man, Marcel falls into a deep depression...

Rich Hill

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography

Without a trace of condescension, this wise, compassionate film introduces us to three young teenage boys from Rich Hill, a small Missouri community located 70 miles south of Kansas City. Be it financial difficulties, a missing parent, or traumatic memories,...

The E-Team

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, Outstanding Achievement in Production

When crimes against humanity flare up, the Emergency-Team of Human Rights Watch are the world’s first responders. As word gets out about the Syrian regime’s abuses, Anna Neistat and her partner Ole Solvangand cross overland into the country, meticulously take...

Virunga

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, Outstanding Achievement in Production

In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world and home to the last of the mountain gorillas. In this wild, but enchanted environment, a small and embattled team...

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