Outstanding Achievement in Direction

The Honor for Directing celebrates the artist’s vision fully realized, from inception to screen. Previous winners in this category include Alex Gibney for Taxi to the Dark Side (2008), Ari Folman for Waltz with Bashir (2009), Agnès Varda for The Beaches of Agnès (2010), Laura Poitras for The Oath (2011), Steve James for The Interrupters (2012), Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady for Detropia (2013) and Sarah Polley for Stories We Tell (2014).

Actress

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Editing

Brandy Burre had a regular role in the TV series ‘The Wire’ before deciding to dedicate herself to her role as housewife with two small children in a suburb of New York City. Now she is in her late 30s...

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...

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...

Tales of the Grim Sleeper

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Direction

For over 25 years, the brutal serial killer ‘The Grim Sleeper’ has terrorised southern Los Angeles. The first murder was committed in 1985, but it was only in 2008 that the alarm was raised publicly, and in 2010 the black...

The Overnighters

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

“It does amaze me that giving people floor space is provocative,” muses Jay Reinke, the pastor of the Concordia Lutheran Church in Williston, North Dakota. He knows of what he speaks – for some months now, he has been offering...

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