Cinema Eye Announces Their 2020 Nonfiction Film Nominees, Netflix Leads With 17

Cinema Eye has announced their 2020 Nonfiction Film Nominees.

Documentary features “American Factory” and “Apollo 11” lead the race with five nominations each. “American Factory” tells the story of a Chinese billionaire who bought a decommissioned GM plant in Ohio in 2014. It is available to watch on Netflix. “Apollo 11” is the inside look at the first mission to land on the moon, using archival footage from NASA to tell the story of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. It is available on Hulu.

Other documentaries nominated include “Aquarela,” “The Cave,” “For Sama,” “Beyoncé’s Homecoming,” “Honeyland,” and “Midnight Family,” which each received three nominations.

In addition to “American Factory,” Netflix also distributed “Homecoming,” and the company earned 17 total nominations, which is the most in Cinema Eye’s history. Neon was second with 10 overall, including “Apollo 11,” “Honeyland,” and “The Biggest Little Farm.” HBO also did well, with nine nominations spread over eight films and series, including two for the controversial film about allegations against Michael Jackson, “Leaving Neverland.”

In the Outstanding Direction category, “American Factory” and “Honeyland” are joined by “One Child Nation,” “The Cave,” “Colde Case Hammarskjöld” and “The Hottest August.” The editing nominees including “Quest,” “Dragonslayer,” and “Mike Wallace Was Here.”

The Audience Choice nominees are “17 Blocks,” “The Amazing Johnathan Documentary,” “Ask Dr. Ruth,” “The Biggest Little Farm,” “Knock Down the House” and “Maiden.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Monday, January 6, 2020 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens.

In their tenth year of partnership, Cinema Eye and the Museum of the Moving Image will host a screening series that weekend for all of the nominated films. The series will include a special screening of the 2020 Legacy Award Film, “Koyaanisqatsi,” followed by a conversation with filmmaker Godfrey Reggio, on Saturday, January 4.

A full list of nominees and further details about Cinema Eye and this year’s Honors Awards Ceremony and Celebratory Weekend follows.

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