15 Documentaries on Oscar Short-List; ANVIL!, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, and CAPITALISM Not Among Them

     November 18, 2009


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today released their list of the 15 films in contention for this year’s Best Documentary Feature Award.  Of these fifteen films, only five will be nominated for the award.  While there are some deserved, if unsurprising, inclusions such as Food Inc. and The Cove, what’s more interesting are the films that didn’t make the cut.  I am bummed that Anvil! The Story of Anvil didn’t make it in but I think those guys have finally achieved the fame that always eluded them and while an Academy nod would’ve been nice, this movie got out there and did its thing.  I’m more upset about the We Live in Public, which won the Grand Jury Prize award in the U.S. documentary category at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  I get to see these smaller, independent films around this time of year because of screeners sent to critics and now I have no idea get to see this.

But I am over the fucking moon about the snub of Capitalism: A Love Story.  The documentary branch screening committee saw right through Michael Moore’s “timely” documentary (timely if you haven’t turned on the news since September 2008) for the poorly manipulative, lazily research, condescending piece of crap that it was.  Now I don’t have to worry about that garbage taking up a slot that I hope goes to Every Little Step which is one of the best films I’ve seen this year.  Hit the jump to see all 15 documentaries on the short list.

every_little_step_movie_image_01.jpgThe Beaches Of Agnes – Agnes Varda (Cine-Tamaris)

Burma VJ – Anders Ostergaard (Magic Hour Films);

The Cove – Louie Psihoyos (Oceanic Preservation Society);

Every Little Step – Jim Stern and Adam Del Deo (Endgame Entertainment);

Facing Ali – Pete McCormack (Network Films);

Food, Inc. – Robert Kenner (Robert Kenner Films);

Garbage Dreams – Mai Iskander (Iskander Films);

Living In Emergency: Stories Of Doctors Without Borders – Mark Hopkins (Red Floor Pictures);

The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellsberg And The Pentagon Papers – Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith (Kovno Communications);

Mugabe And The White African – Andrew Thompson and Lucy Bailey (Arturi Films Limited);

Sergio – Greg Barker (Passion Pictures and Silverbridge Productions);

Soundtrack For A Revolution – Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman (Freedom Song Productions);

Under Our Skin – Andy Abrahams Wilson (Open Eye Pictures);

Valentino The Last Emperor – Matt Tyrnauer (Acolyte Films); and

Which Way Home – Rebecca Cammisa (Mr Mudd).

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