One of the most acclaimed and successful documentaries ever, HOOP DREAMS tells the story of Arthur Agee, William Gates, and their families over a 4½ year period, covering the boys’ entire high school careers as they pursue the elusive dream of professional basketball success. Roger Ebert called it the best film of the 1990s – the entire decade! – and the IDA named it “The Best Documentary Ever.”



  • Academy Awards, 1995 Nominated, Oscar Best Film Editing
  • American Cinema Editors, USA 1995 Won Eddie Best Edited Documentary
  • Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 1994 Won BSFC Award Best Documentary
  • Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 1995 Won CFCA Award Best Picture
  • Image Awards 1996 Nominated Image Award Outstanding News, Talk or Information Special
  • International Documentary Association 1994 Won IDA Award Feature Documentaries
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 1994 Won LAFCA Award Best Documentary
  • National Board of Review 1994 Won NBR Award Best Documentary
  • National Society of Film Critics Awards, 1995 Won NSFC Award Best Documentary
  • New York Film Festival, 1994, Closing Night Presentation
  • Sundance Film Festival 1994 Won Audience Award Documentary
  • Prix Italia 1995 Won Special Prize for Documentary
  • Peabody Award, 1996

See where the players of Hoop Dreams are now.