Cinema Eye Honors and International Documentary Association Reveal Nominees With Little Overlap

The precursor race starts early for Best Documentary with some of the most influential awards bodies announcing their picks in late October and early November. Two of the biggest are the Cinema Eye Honors and the International Documentary Association, who each announced their 2011 nominations late last week.

The two groups often disagree with both providing some overlap with the eventual Oscar winner. Last year, the IDA Awards gave their top prize to Waste Land and nominated two films that would end up on Oscar’s short list. The Cinema Eye Honors gave their Best Documentary Feature award to Exit Through the Gift Shop, which was the only film the group nominated that would end up with an Oscar nomination. Both groups tend to recognize more independent and experimental documentaries while the Oscars tend to go for more mainstream fare that uses the classical form.

View the full list of nominations below and check out the complete list of precursors here.

Cinema Eye Honors
Nominations 2011

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking

The Arbor
Senna
Project Nim
Poison Among the Stars
Nostalgia for the Light
The Interrupters

Outstanding Achievement in Direction

Clio Barnard, The Arbor
Leonard Retel Helmrich, Position Among the Stars
Patricio Guzmán, Nostalgia for the Light
Steve James, The Interrupters
Danfung Dennis, Hell and Back Again

For the rest of the awards, visit indieWIRE.

International Documentary Association
Award Nominations 2011

Best Feature Film

Better This World
How to Die in Oregon
Nostalgia for the Light
The Redemption of General Butt Naked
The Tiniest Place

Best Short Film

Broken Doors
Maya Deren’s Sink
Minka
Poster Girl
The Warriors of Qiugang

For the rest of the awards, visit Thompson on Hollywood.

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