Awards Stack Up for Film Faculty Maureen Ryan's Man on Wire

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13-Jan-09

Honors and awards continue to accumulate for Man on Wire, co-produced by Columbia University School of the Arts' Film Program faculty member Maureen A. Ryan.

Ryan is an adjunct professor in Film and a 1992 alumna of the M.F.A. Film Program. Man on Wire tells the story of tightrope walker and acrobat Philippe Petit's spectacular walk on a wire between the World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974.

On January 8, Ryan accepted the award for Best Documentary Feature for Man on Wire at the 14th annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica. Video of her acceptance speech can be viewed here:

Acceptance Speech Video

"This is just an incredible honor for us, and I want to also thank the Critics' Choice for including documentary as a category. It's a wonderful support for our genre," Ryan said.

Other recent awards for Man on Wire include:

New York Film Critics' Circle 2008 Awards: Best Non-Fiction Film
National Board of Review 2008 Awards: Best Documentary
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards: Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards: Best Documentary
International Documentary Association Awards: Distinguished Feature (tied with Waltz with Bashir)

Recent nominations for Man on Wire include:

2009 Spirit Awards: Best Documentary (presented February 21)
Documentary Feature Oscar, 81st Academy Awards: Man on Wire on shortlist (nominees announced January 22; awards presented February 22)
 

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