THE 6TH ANNUAL LION AWARDS: Best Documentary Film

by Shane Slater · February 15, 2013 · Featured, LIONs for LAMB · 10 Comments

Welcome to the Lion Awards! For the next ten days we will be celebrating the Best of 2012, with daily awards in various categories leading up to the big reveal of the LAMB’s Top 10 Films. Here’s the announcement schedule:

Best Documentary

Best Foreign Film (non-English)

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actress

Best Screenplay

Best Actress

Best Actor

Best Director

Worst Films of 2012

Best Films of 2012


A huge thank you to our record 106 eligible voters who submitted their picks! I encourage you to discuss all results in the comments. We begin with the award for Best Documentary Film. The Top 5 Documentaries of 2012 are…


5. How To Survive A Plague (49 points)



4. The Queen of Versailles (51 points)



3. The Invisible War (66 points)



2. The Imposter (133 points)



1. Searching for Sugar Man (137 points)

As you can see, this was one of the closest categories in this year’s awards. Oscar frontrunner Searching for Sugar Man managed to narrowly edge out The Imposter (the #1 LAMBScore of 2012) by a mere 4 points. Come back tomorrow for the award for Best Foreign Film.

Previous Winners

2009: The Cove

2010: Exit Through The Gift Shop

2011: Senna

10 Responses to THE 6TH ANNUAL LION AWARDS: Best Documentary Film

  1. Squasher88 says:

    This confirms that I need to watch The Queen of Versailles. Solid picks everyone!

  2. Joel says:

    Searching for Sugarman joins a very solid bunch of previous winners. I had Sugarman and Imposter ranked as one and two on my ballot.

    Got to say I’m kind of surprised on Imposter having so huge LAMBscores but we’ll probably discuss that more when we get the 2012 LAMBscores round-up presented here as well.

  3. Film Intel says:

    Sad to see no love for the Woody Allen doc. I loved the long cut of that, great achievement. But yeah, Sugarman is a great choice really. Certainly one of the year’s best.

  4. Nostra says:

    Great picks, only have not seen number 5, but will make sure I will!

  5. The Vern The Vern says:

    I know number 3 will just anger me but I need to see it

  6. Ben H says:

    Where did Jiro Dreams of Sushi place?

  7. Squasher88 says:

    Jiro only had 18 points, so it was pretty far behind.

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