Best Boy Awards & Honors

Best Boy opened in 1979 to acclaim far beyond that normally generated by a documentary film.

  • Best Boy won the Oscar for Best Feature Documentary in 1980
  • The New York Film Critics Circle created a Documentary Award for Best Boy
  • The Cannes Film Festival selected Best Boy as one of only seven films to be included in their exclusive "Semaine de la Critique"
  • At the London Film Festival, it was honored with a special presentation screening
  • At the Toronto International Film Festival, where Best Boy premiered, the film was awarded the festival's only prize, defeating all the dramatic features which were entered
  • Best Boy won Best Film of the Festival at the Chicago, Houston & Miami International Film Festivals
  • The film and filmmaker Ira Wohl received a Special Presidential Commendation from the US President's Committee on Mental Retardation
  • The National Board of Review gave the film its D. W. Griffith Award

Best Boy was equally lauded within the psychology, social work and mental retardation communities.

  • The National Association for Retarded Citizens awarded its Annual Media Award to Best Boy
  • Best Boy was named the Best Film on Mental Retardation at the John Muir Medical Film Festival
  • The World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland, gave Best Boy a Special Ecumenical Award
  • Both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Orthopsychiatric Association featured Best Boy in special screenings for their members