December 16, 2014 12:45 pm
Life Itself has continued its run of year-end acclaim, garnering a nomination for Best Documentary of 2014 from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and also the following distinctions:
- Winner: Best Documentary - Chicago Film Critics Association.
- Winner: Best Documentary - Online Film Critics Association.
- Winner: Best Documentary - Washington DC Area Film Critics.
- Winner: Best Documentary - African-American Film Critics Association.
- Winner: Best Documentary - New York Online Film Critics.
- Winner: Best Documentary - Boston Online Film Critics.
- Winner: Best Documentary - Indiana Film Journalists Association.
- Runner-up: Best Documentary - Los Angeles Film Critics.
- Nominee: Best Documentary - Detroit Film Critics Society.
- Nominee: Best Documentary - St. Louis Film Critics.
- Nominee: Best Documentary - Phoenix Film Critics.
- Nominee: Best Documentary - San Francsico Film Critics Circle.
We are particularly honored by the accolade from the Chicago Film Critics Association. To gain their approval for the film means a great deal, as few people perhaps knew Ebert better than this group.
You can add your vote for Life Itself in the Cinema Eye Honors Audience Choice Award: http://www.cinemaeyehonors.com/vote
These accolades follow last week's great news for Life Itself, when the film was placed on the shortlist for the Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary, was selected as the Best Documentary of 2014 by the National Board of Review, was nominated for the Producers Guild of America award for Best Documentary, and had its television broadcast premiere announced for January 4th, 2015 at 9pm ET on CNN.
Life Itself continues to be celebrated in the media too, with recent stories running on the film in The Hollywood Reporter, Chicago Business Journal, and a great IndieWire story featuring an exclusive clip of the film in which Selma director Ava DuVernay reminisces about her relationship with Roger, and discusses his ability to look past racial and cultural boundaries to view films from their own unique perspectives. In another IndieWIRE article, Chaz Ebert speaks to Eric Kohn about Roger Ebert's legacy, and how "goodness and kindess" were what moved him to tears when watching movies.
Life Itself airs on CNN on Sunday, January 4th at 9pm and 11pm EST in its television broadcast premiere. The film will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD on February 17th, 2015.