‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Jumps to #1 in Hot Docs Audience Award Race


By Pat Mullen

It’s beautiful day in the neighbourhood for Morgan Neville. The Oscar-winning director’s excellent Mr. Rogers doc Won’t You Be My Neighbor? jumped to the #1 spot in the Hot Docs Audience Award rankings on the fifth day of the festival. The doc was previously in fourth. Yesterday’s #1, Eternity Never Surrendered, fell off the chart entirely. Evidently weren’t the only ones who saw it and were left scratching our heads.

In the race for the top Canadian doc, Transformer holds steady at the top (#2 overall) for the third way in a row. The Accountant of Auschwitz is coming up fast.

The Top 20 Docs in the Audience Award race are:

  1. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
  2. Transformer
  3. Gurrumul
  4. The Accountant of Auschwitz
  5. Commander Arian – A Story of Women, War and Freedom
  6. The Game Changers
  7. 93QUEEN
  8. Global Family
  9. The Silence of Others
  10. Letter from Masanjia
  11. McQueen
  12. Warrior Women
  13. Exit Music
  14. Don’t Be Nice
  15. Mr. Fish: Cartooning From the Deep End
  16. Three Identical Strangers
  17. Mr. SOUL!
  18. United Skates
  19. The Artist & the Pervert
  20. The Reckoning: Hollywood’s Worst Kept Secret

Hot Docs runs April 26 to May 6. Please visit hotdocs.ca for more info.

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