Thursday, November 18, 2010

15 Documentaries Advance in Oscar Race

AMPAS has released their 2010 shortlist of documentaries that will compete for 5 nomination slots. They are:

• “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer,” Alex Gibney, director
• “Enemies of the People,” Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath, directors
• “Exit through the Gift Shop,” Banksy, director
• “Gasland,” Josh Fox, director
• “Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould,” Michele Hozer and Peter Raymont, directors
• “Inside Job,” Charles Ferguson, director
• “The Lottery,” Madeleine Sackler, director
• “Precious Life,” Shlomi Eldar, director
• “Quest for Honor,” Mary Ann Smothers Bruni, director
• “Restrepo,” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, directors
• “This Way of Life,” Thomas Burstyn, director
• “The Tillman Story,” Amir Bar-Lev, director
• “Waiting for ‘Superman’”, Davis Guggenheim, director
• “Waste Land,” Lucy Walker, director
• “William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe,” Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, directors

2010 has been a very strong year for documentaries, but not a single one of my favorites made the shortlist. Notable exclusions include Winnebago Man, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, The Oath, Best Worst Movie, Sweetgrass, and Last Train Home. Marwencol, another excellent 2010 doc, failed to make the cut as well due to eligibility issues.

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