Wednesday, November 18, 2009

15 Documentary Features Continue in 2009 Oscar Race

AMPAS has announced the 15 documentaries that will compete for five nomination slots for this year's Academy Awards. They are:
  • “The Beaches of Agnes”
  • “Burma VJ”
  • “The Cove”
  • “Every Little Step”
  • “Facing Ali”
  • “Food, Inc.”
  • “Garbage Dreams”
  • “Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders”
  • “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers”
  • “Mugabe and the White African”
  • “Sergio”
  • “Soundtrack for a Revolution”
  • “Under Our Skin”
  • “Valentino The Last Emperor”
  • “Which Way Home”
Food, Inc., The Cove, and Burma VJ are all shoo-ins. But where is the year's finest doc, Unmistaken Child? Or Capitalism: A Love Story? Or Anvil: The Story of Anvil? Or Tyson? This is a screwy list, with some major omissions. But I have come to expect nothing less of AMPAS. It's not really worth complaining about anymore.

3 comments:

chazz lyons said...

The inclusion of THE BEACHES OF AGNES makes up for the list's most obvious omissions.

Matthew Lucas said...

I hated that film though.

I'll probably revisit it at some point since everyone else seems to like it. But it just didn't do anything for me at all. My doc baby this year is UNMISTAKEN CHILD, by far.

Bede said...

I agree with you on that Matthew, didn't like it much. I extremely enjoyed Garbage Dreams, I hope it makes it to the top 5. Great doc, personal touching stories, what a doc should be.