Joshua Oppenheimer Poster

Awards

Academy Awards, USA

2016 Nominated
Oscar
Best Documentary, Feature
The Look of Silence (2014)
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2014 Nominated
Oscar
Best Documentary, Features
The Act of Killing (2012)
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BAFTA Awards

2014 Won
BAFTA Film Award
Best Documentary
The Act of Killing (2012)
Nominated
BAFTA Film Award
Best Film not in the English Language
The Act of Killing (2012)
Shared with:

Abu Dhabi Film Festival

2014 Nominated
Black Pearl Award
Best Documentary Feature
The Look of Silence (2014)

Alliance of Women Film Journalists

2013 Nominated
EDA Award
Best Documentary Feature Film
The Act of Killing (2012)

Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival

2014 2nd place
Audience Award
IDFA Audience Award
The Look of Silence (2014)

Angers European First Film Festival

2015 Won
Grand Jury Prize - Special Mention
European Feature Films
The Look of Silence (2014)
Won
Audience Award
European Feature Films
The Look of Silence (2014)

Asia Pacific Screen Awards

2013 Won
Asia Pacific Screen Award
Best Documentary Feature Film
The Act of Killing (2012)
Shared with:

Austin Film Critics Association

2013 Won
Austin Film Critics Award
Best Documentary
The Act of Killing (2012)

Berlin International Film Festival

2015 Won
Peace Film Award
The Look of Silence (2014)
2013 Won
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
Panorama
The Act of Killing (2012)

This deeply unsettling film exposes the evil mass murders which took place in Indonesia in 1965 and... More

This deeply unsettling film exposes the evil mass murders which took place in Indonesia in 1965 and reveals the monstrosity of these crimes. It re-opens a deep wound with the conviction that it is worthwhile to unearth such atrocities.

Won
Panorama Audience Award
Documentary Film
The Act of Killing (2012)

Biografilm Festival

2013 Won
Lancia Award
The Act of Killing (2012)

Bodil Awards

2015 Won
Bodil
Best Documentary (Bedste dokumentarfilm)
The Look of Silence (2014)
2013 Won
Special Award
The Act of Killing (2012)

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

2013 2nd place
BSFC Award
Best New Filmmaker
The Act of Killing (2012)

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

2013 Nominated
CFCA Award
Most Promising Filmmaker
The Act of Killing (2012)

Chicago International Film Festival

2014 Nominated
Audience Choice Award
Audience Choice Award
The Look of Silence (2014)
1998 Won
Gold Hugo
Best Experimental Short Film
The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase (1998)

Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US

2016 Won
Cinema Eye Honors Award
Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking
The Look of Silence (2014)
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Outstanding Achievement in Direction
The Look of Silence (2014)
2014 Won
Cinema Eye Honors Award
Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking
The Act of Killing (2012)
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Nominated
Cinema Eye Honors Award
Outstanding Achievement in Direction
The Act of Killing (2012)
Nominated
Cinema Eye Audience Choice Prize
The Act of Killing (2012)

CinEuphoria Awards

2015 Won
CinEuphoria
Best Documentary - International Competition
The Act of Killing (2012)

Cleveland International Film Festival

2015 Nominated
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Award
The Look of Silence (2014)

CPH:DOX

2014 Won
CPH:DOX Award
The Look of Silence (2014)

"For the main award our debate was impassioned, clearly heated and even fiery. Our final decision ... More

"For the main award our debate was impassioned, clearly heated and even fiery. Our final decision was not unanimous, but perhaps that is fitting for a film that melds provocation with aesthetic brilliance. Set in a country where criminals and victims live today as neighbors, the film we elected follows the path of a stunningly brave man named Adi, who seeks to meet face to face with the men who murdered his brother. This film is an act of research, digging into recent but clouded history, a philosophical meditation on memory and crime. We honor this work of art that, above all else, manages to break the silence."

2012 Won
CPH:DOX Award
The Act of Killing (2012)

Críticos de Cinema Online Portugueses Awards

2015 Won
CCOP
Best Documentary (Melhor Documentário)
The Act of Killing (2012)

Denver International Film Festival

2014 Won
Maysles Brothers Award
Best Documentary
The Look of Silence (2014)

"Powerful, captivating, terrifying...the film not only brings awareness to important subject matter... More

"Powerful, captivating, terrifying...the film not only brings awareness to important subject matter, but Oppenheimer's distinct style and palpable, innovative storytelling allows us to look into the eyes of both the victims as well as the killers...two vivid perspectives that are all at once heartbreaking, chilling and unforgettable."


Directors Guild of America, USA

2014 Nominated
DGA Award
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
The Act of Killing (2012)

DocAviv Film Festival

2015 Nominated
Best International Film
The International Competition
The Look of Silence (2014)

DocsBarcelona, ES

2015 Won
Audience Award
The Look of Silence (2014)
Won
DocsBarcelona TV3 Award
Best Documentary - Honorable Mention
The Look of Silence (2014)
Won
International Amnesty Catalunya Award
The Look of Silence (2014)

Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards

2013 Won
Breakthrough Award
Shared with:
Nominated
DFCC
Best Director
The Act of Killing (2012)

European Film Awards

2015 Nominated
European Film Award
European Documentary
The Look of Silence (2014)
2013 Won
European Film Award
European Documentary
The Act of Killing (2012)
Shared with:

Gold Derby Awards

2016 Nominated
Gold Derby Award
Documentary Feature
The Look of Silence (2014)
2014 Won
Gold Derby Award
Documentary Feature
The Act of Killing (2012)

Gotham Awards

2015 Won
Gotham Independent Film Award
Best Documentary
The Look of Silence (2014)
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2013 Won
Gotham Independent Film Award
Best Documentary
The Act of Killing (2012)
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Guardian Film Awards, UK

2014 Nominated
Guardian Film Award
Best Director
The Act of Killing (2012)

Göteborg Film Festival

2015 Won
Dragon Award
Best Nordic Documentary
The Look of Silence (2014)

"The award goes to a film which breaks the barriers between documentary and fiction, by opening up ... More

"The award goes to a film which breaks the barriers between documentary and fiction, by opening up space for a performance of history. Using the camera to confront memories, and inspire reconciliation, this film's look at the tragical past shapes a nation's view of the future."


Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival

2013 Won
Best Picture
The Act of Killing (2012)

Hong Kong International Film Festival

2013 Nominated
Golden Firebird Award
Documentary
The Act of Killing (2012)

Independent Spirit Awards

2016 Won
Independent Spirit Award
Best Documentary
The Look of Silence (2014)
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2014 Nominated
Independent Spirit Award
Best Documentary
The Act of Killing (2012)
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Indiewire Critics' Poll

2013 Nominated
ICP Award
Best First Feature
The Act of Killing (2012)
5th place.

International Documentary Association

2015 Won
IDA Award
Best Feature
The Look of Silence (2014)
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2013 Nominated
IDA Award
Best Feature
The Act of Killing (2012)
Shared with:

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

2015 2nd place
LAFCA Award
Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film
The Look of Silence (2014)
2013 2nd place
LAFCA Award
Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film
The Act of Killing (2012)

Melbourne International Film Festival

2015 2nd place
People's Choice Award
Best Documentary
The Look of Silence (2014)
1st Runner-Up

Milwaukee Film Festival

2015 Won
Documentary Jury Award
The Look of Silence (2014)
2013 Nominated
Festival Prize
Best Film
The Act of Killing (2012)

Moscow International Film Festival

2015 3rd place
Audience Award
Documentary
The Look of Silence (2014)
3rd place.

New England Film & Video Festival

1998 Won
Innovation and Resourcefulness Award
Documentaries
The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase (1998)

Nordisk Panorama

2013 Won
Nordic Documentary Film Award
The Act of Killing (2012)
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Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival

2015 Won
Audience Award
The Look of Silence (2014)
Nominated
Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Award
The Look of Silence (2014)
2013 Nominated
Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Award
The Act of Killing (2012)
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Prague One World Film Festival

2013 Won
Best Film Award
The Act of Killing (2012)
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Pusan International Film Festival

2014 Won
Busan Cinephile Award
The Look of Silence (2014)

RiverRun International Film Festival

2015 Won
Jury Prize
Best Director: Documentary Feature
The Look of Silence (2014)

Robert Festival

2015 Won
Robert
Best Long Documentary (Årets lange dokumentarfilm)
The Look of Silence (2014)
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2013 Won
Robert
Best Documentary (Årets lange dokumentarfilm)
The Act of Killing (2012)
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Seattle Film Critics Awards

2016 Won
Seattle Film Critics Award
Best Documentary
The Look of Silence (2014)

Sheffield International Documentary Festival

2015 Won
Audience Award
The Look of Silence (2014)
2013 Won
Audience Award
The Act of Killing (2012)
Won
Special Jury Award
The Act of Killing (2012)

From its mystical beginning, this film presented to us the celebratory narrative inside people's ... More

From its mystical beginning, this film presented to us the celebratory narrative inside people's heads while they are committing unspeakable acts. Despite its uncomfortable length, it revealed a reality of genocide in which we are all complicit. The film leaves you asking more questions than it provides answers and is an important piece of cinema.


Sofia International Film Festival

2015 Won
UNESCO Award for Best Documentary
Award for Best Documentary
The Look of Silence (2014)

SXSW Film Festival

2015 Won
Audience Award
Festival Favorites
The Look of Silence (2014)
2013 Nominated
Audience Award
Festival Favorites
The Act of Killing (2012)

Sydney Film Festival

2013 Nominated
Sydney Film Prize
Best Film
The Act of Killing (2012)
Shared with:

Traverse City Film Festival

2013 Won
Stanley Kubrick Award
The Act of Killing (2012)

Venice Film Festival

2014 Won
FIPRESCI Prize
Competition
The Look of Silence (2014)
Won
Golden Mouse
The Look of Silence (2014)
Won
Fedeora Award
Best Euro-Mediterranean Film
The Look of Silence (2014)
Won
Grand Special Jury Prize
The Look of Silence (2014)
Won
Human Rights Film Network Award
The Look of Silence (2014)
Tied with On the Bride's Side (2014).
Nominated
Golden Lion
The Look of Silence (2014)

Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival

2013 Won
Mayor's Prize
The Act of Killing (2012)

An audacious and controversial exploration of a country's heart of darkness, this film's ... More

An audacious and controversial exploration of a country's heart of darkness, this film's imaginative directing is anchored in an impassioned search for necessary catharsis.

Nominated
Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize
The Act of Killing (2012)

Zurich Film Festival

2014 Won
Special Mention
International Documentary Film
The Look of Silence (2014)
Nominated
Golden Eye
Best International Documentary Film
The Look of Silence (2014)

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