List of accolades received by The Act of Killing

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List of accolades received by
The Act of Killing
Director Joshua Oppenheimer at the 2013 Viennale
Joshua Oppenheimer received many awards and nominations for his direction of the film.
Total number of awards and nominations
Totals 41 65
References

The Act of Killing (Indonesian: Jagal) is a 2012 Danish-British-Norwegian documentary film directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn, and an anonymous Indonesian co-director.[1] The film explores the social significance of the Indonesian mass killings of 1965–1966 by focusing on the perpetrators and having them produce reenactments of the killings in the style of various Hollywood genres.[1] The film's primary subjects had been petty criminals, but came to lead a powerful death squad during the anti-communist purge which resulted in the death of an estimated 500,000–2,000,000 suspected communists, communist sympathisers, alleged leftists, and ethnic Chinese.[2][3][4][5] As many of the institutions and people responsible remained in power, those who carried out the killings were never held to account and continue to hold positions of power and respect.[5][6] Oppenheimer was struck by the extent to which people not only rationalised but boasted about their participation in the killings, and used the film to explore the role the events continue to play in people's lives in the present.[7] According to Oppenheimer, it is "about a regime in which genocide has, paradoxically, been effaced and celebrated – in order to keep the survivors terrified, the public brainwashed, and the perpetrators able to live with themselves."[8]

The film first screened in September 2012 at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, and had its public premiere on July 19, 2013, in New York City.[9][10][11] Its worldwide box office earnings totaled over $0.5 million USD, and it made $1.1 million in video sales.[12] The Act of Killing has received worldwide critical acclaim. Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, surveyed 137 reviews and judged 96% to be positive.[13] Metacritic, another review aggregator, evaluated 30 reviews, finding an average score of 89 out of 100, indicating "universal acclaim".[14]

The Act of Killing garnered awards and nominations primarily in the Best Documentary category and for Oppenheimer's direction, but also audience awards, special awards, and recognition for Signe Byrge Sørensen's production and editing by Janus Billeskov Jansen and Niels Pagh Andersen. Among its Best Documentary awards are a BAFTA, European Film Award, and a Robert Award, along with nominations for an Academy Award, Critics' Choice Movie Award, Directors Guild of America Award, Independent Spirit Award, and International Documentary Association Award. Included in many of the awards was the anonymous Indonesian co-director, who was unable to share in the recognition because of the danger posed by his or her participation.[15]

The Act of Killing was screened only in underground venues in Indonesia, but its success led to media coverage there, generating controversy and opening a conversation about the past.[16][17] In Oppenheimer's BAFTAs acceptance speech, he reported that the subject is receiving more attention, and that the film "is helping to catalyse a change in how Indonesia talks about its past".[15] Oppenheimer also used the platform afforded by the awards to call attention to the "collective responsibility" of the United States and United Kingdom for "participating and ignoring" the crimes of 1965–66.[15] When it was nominated for an Academy Award, the Indonesian government responded with a full-page statement about the killings and the film in the Jakarta Globe.[18] The response marks the first time the government has admitted wrongdoing.[17] The nomination also stoked controversy in China, where it had not been well-known that Chinese people were the target of a significant amount of the violence.[19]

Accolades[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref(s)
Academy Award 2 March 2014 Best Documentary Feature Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer and Sørensen, Signe ByrgeSigne Byrge Sørensen Nominated [20]
Alliance of Women Film Journalists 8 December 2013 Best Documentary Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer Nominated [21]
Asia Pacific Screen Awards 12 December 2013 Best Documentary Feature Film The Act of Killing Won [22]
Austin Film Critics Association 17 December 2013 Best Documentary Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer Won [23]
Australian Film Critics Association Film & Writing Awards 1 March 2014 Best Documentary The Act of Killing Nominated [24]
Bergen International Film Festival 30 October 2013 Checkpoints Prize The Act of Killing Won [25]
Berlin International Film Festival 16 February 2013 Panorama Audience Award Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer Won [26]
Panorama Ecumenical Jury Prize Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer Won
Biografilm Festival 16 June 2013 The Lancia Award Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer Won [27]
Bodil Awards 16 March 2013 Bodil Special Award Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer Won [28]
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 8 December 2013 Best Documentary The Act of Killing Won [29]
BRITDOC Foundation 14 November 2013 PUMA Impact Award The Act of Killing Won [30]
British Academy Film Awards 16 February 2014 Best Documentary Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer Won [31][32]
Best Film Not in the English Language Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer and Sørensen, Signe ByrgeSigne Byrge Sørensen Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association 17 December 2013 Best Documentary The Act of Killing Won [33]
Best Foreign-Language Film The Act of Killing Won
Most Promising Filmmaker Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer Nominated
Cinema Eye Honors 8 January 2014 Audience Choice Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer Nominated [34][35]
Outstanding Achievement in Direction Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Editing Billeskov Jansen, JanusJanus Billeskov Jansen and Andersen, Niels PaghNiels Pagh Andersen Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer and Sørensen, Signe ByrgeSigne Byrge Sørensen Won
Outstanding Achievement in Production Sørensen, Signe ByrgeSigne Byrge Sørensen Won
Unforgettables Congo, AnwarAnwar Congo[a] Won
CPH:DOX 12 November 2012 CPH:DOX Award Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer Won [36]
Critics' Choice Movie Award 16 January 2014 Best Documentary Feature The Act of Killing Nominated [37]
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards 16 December 2013 Best Documentary The Act of Killing 2nd place [38]
Detroit Film Critics Society 16 December 2013 Best Documentary Film The Act of Killing Nominated [39]
Directors Guild of America Award 25 January 2014 Outstanding Directing – Documentaries Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer Nominated [40]
Dorian Awards 21 January 2014 Documentary of the Year The Act of Killing Nominated [41][42]
Dublin Film Critics Circle 18 December 2013 Best Director Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer Nominated [43]
Best Documentary The Act of Killing Won
Best Film The Act of Killing Nominated
Breakthrough of the Year Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer Won
European Film Awards 7 December 2013 Best Documentary Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer Won [44]
Florida Film Critics Circle 18 December 2013 Best Documentary Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer Won [45]
Golden Trailer Awards 30 May 2014 Best Foreign Documentary Trailer The Act of Killing Nominated [46]
Gotham Awards 2 December 2013 Best Documentary The Act of Killing Won [47]
Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival 23 February 2014 Best Picture Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer Won [48]
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2 April 2013 Documentary Competition awards The Act of Killing Nominated [49]
Houston Film Critics Society 8 December 2013 Best Documentary The Act of Killing Nominated [50]
Independent Spirit Awards 1 March 2014 Best Documentary Feature Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer, Brink, Joram TenJoram Ten Brink, Cynn, ChristineChristine Cynn, Köhncke, AnneAnne Köhncke, Sørensen, Signe ByrgeSigne Byrge Sørensen, Uwemedimo, MichaelMichael Uwemedimo, and Anonymous Nominated [51]
International Documentary Association Award 7 December 2013 Best Feature Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer, Sørensen, Signe ByrgeSigne Byrge Sørensen, Morris, ErrolErrol Morris, Herzog, WernerWerner Herzog, Grude, TorsteinTorstein Grude, Singer, AndréAndré Singer, Brink, Joram tenJoram ten Brink, and Tveit, Bjarte MørnerBjarte Mørner Tveit Nominated [52]
International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights 10 March 2013 Gilda Vieira de Mello Prize Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer Won [53]
London Film Critics' Circle 2 February 2014 Documentary of the Year The Act of Killing Won [54]
Los Angeles Film Critics Association 8 December 2013 Best Documentary Film Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, and Cynn, ChristineChristine Cynn Runner-up [55]
Message to Man 28 September 2013 Press Jury Prize The Act of Killing[b] Won [56]
National Board of Review Awards 8 January 2014 Top Five Documentaries The Act of Killing[c] Won [57]
National Society of Film Critics 4 January 2014 Best Non-Fiction Film Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer[d] Won [58]
New York Film Critics Online 8 December 2013 Best Documentary The Act of Killing Won [59]
Nordisk Panorama 25 September 2013 Best Nordic Documentary Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer Won [60]
One World Film Festival 11 March 2013 Best Film Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer Won [61]
Online Film Critics Society 16 December 2013 Best Documentary Film The Act of Killing Won [62]
Robert Awards 28 February 2013 Best Documentary Feature Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer and Sørensen, Signe ByrgeSigne Byrge Sørensen Won [63]
San Diego Film Critics Society 11 December 2013 Best Documentary The Act of Killing Won [64]
San Francisco Film Critics Circle 13 December 2013 Best Documentary The Act of Killing Won [65]
Satellite Awards 23 February 2014 Best Documentary Film The Act of Killing Nominated [66]
Sheffield Doc/Fest 16 June 2013 Audience Award Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer[e] Won [67]
Special Jury Award Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer Won
St. Louis Film Critics Association 16 December 2013 Best Documentary The Act of Killing[f] Runner-up [68]
Toronto Film Critics Association 16 December 2013 Best Documentary The Act of Killing Won [69]
Traverse City Film Festival 4 August 2013 Stanley Kubrick Award for Bold and Innovative Filmmaking The Act of Killing Won [70]
Vancouver Film Critics Circle 7 January 2014 Best Documentary The Act of Killing Won [71]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association 17 December 2013 Best Documentary The Act of Killing Nominated [72]
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 17 October 2013 Mayor's Prize Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer Won [73]
ZagrebDox 3 March 2013 Movies That Matter Award Oppenheimer, JoshuaJoshua Oppenheimer Won [74]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Shared with Lisa Fischer (20 Feet From Stardom), Edwin Honig (First Cousin Once Removed), William Kamkwamba (William and the Windmill), Freda Kelly (Good Ol' Freda), Kevin Pearce and David Pearce (The Crash Reel), Neil Platt (I Am Breathing), Michael Polley (Stories We Tell), Pug (12 O'Clock Boys), Rafea (Rafea: Solar Mama), Susan Robinson and Shelley Sella (After Tiller), Chris "Wonder" Schoeck (Bending Steel), Ushio Shinohara and Noriko Shinohara (Cutie and the Boxer), Tilikum (Blackfish), and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer).
  2. ^ Shared with Naked Opera.
  3. ^ Shared with 20 Feet From Stardom, After Tiller, Casting By, and The Square.
  4. ^ Shared with At Berkeley (Frederick Wiseman).
  5. ^ Shared with Particle Fever (Mark Levinson).
  6. ^ Runner-up with Stories We Tell.

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