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Crix Pix, Honors and Nods: Feting the Best of 2005

By Tamara Krinsky

<em>Grizzly Man</em> director Werner Herzog, who won several awards this year

While most attention at this time of year is focused on the Academy Award nominees, they're not the only awards handed out that honor documentaries. Here's an overview of honors and critics' picks for 2005.

American Cinema Editors
Best Edited Documentary-Nominees: Grizzly Man (Joe Bini); James Dean: Forever Young (Michael J. Sheridan, ACE; Jack Tucker, ACE; Patrea Patrick and Fred Roth); March of the Penguins (Sabine Emilani).

Boston Society of Film Critics
Best Documentary: Murderball (Dirs.: Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro)
Runner-Up: Grizzly Man (Dir.: Werner Herzog)

Broadcast Film Critics Association
Best Documentary Feature: March of the  Penguins (Dir: Luc Jacquet)

Chicago Film Critics Association
Best Documentary: Grizzly Man (Dir.: Werner Herzog)

Directors Guild of America
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary: Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog)

European Film Academy
European Film Awards: Best Documentary 2005 - Prix Arte: Un Dragon Dans Les Eaux Pures Du Caucase (The Pipeline Next Door) (Dir.: Nino Kirtadzé)

Film Independent Spirit Awards
Best Documentary--Nominees: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Dir: Alex Gibney); Grizzly Man (Dir: Warner Herzog); La Sierra (Dirs: Scott Dalton  and Margarita Martinez); Romántico (Dir: Mark Becker); Sir! No Sir! (Dir: David Zeiger).
Truer Than Fiction Award--Nominees: Rachel Boynton for Our Brand is Crisis; Garrett Scott and Ian Olds for Occupation: Dreamland; Mark Becker for Romántico; Thomas Allen Harris for Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela

IFP Gotham Awards
Best Documentary: Murderball (Dirs: Henry-Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro)
Celebrate New York Award: Mad Hot Ballroom (Dir: Marilyn Agrelo)

 Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Documentary/Non-Fiction Film: Grizzly Man (Dir: Werner Herzog)
Runner Up, Documentary/Non-Fiction Film: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Dir: Alex Gibney)
Special citation: To David Shepard, Bruce Posner and the Anthology Film Archive to honor Unseen Cinema, an eight-disc set DVD collection of avant-garde, underground films from 1894-1941.

National Board of Review
Best Documentary : March of the Penguins (Dir: Lux Jacquet)
Special Recognition of Films That Reflect Freedom of Expression: The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till (Dirs: Keith and Kevin A. Beauchamp)

New York Film Critics Circle
Best Non-Fiction Film: Grizzly Man and White Diamond (Dir. Werner Herzog)

New York Online Film Critics
Best Documentary: Grizzly Man (Dir: Werner Herzog)
Best Cinematography: March of the Penguins (Dir: Luc Jacquet)

Online Film Critics Society
Best Documentary: Grizzly Man (Dir: Werner Herzog)

San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Best Documentary: Grizzly Man (Dir: Werner Herzog)

Writers Guild of America
Outstanding Achievement for Documentary Writing for the Screen-- Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, written by Alex Gibney)