15 Documentary Features Advance in 85th Academy Awards Race
Posted December 3, 2012 06:21 PM by Webmaster
Earlier today, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that fifteen films have advanced to the final stage of the selection process where the Best Documentary Feature will be chosen. One hundred twenty-six films were initially submitted in this category.
Below is a list with the fifteen films organized in alphabetical order. (Blu-ray.com has already reviewed the UK release of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, courtesy of Artificial Eye, here):
Let's see, they left off The Central Park Five, which is an epic snub (it just won the NYFCC Best Doc prize today). They also left off The Queen of Versailles. At least there are some decent ones in there. Overall, fairly big failure on the part of the Academy in this category this year.
Having just seen The Central Park Five a couple evenings ago, I agree that the film should definitely and easily have secured an Oscar nomination. Personally, I feel it's one of the strongest films of the year overall.
At least there are still several worthy documentaries that are still being considered, such as Ai Weiwei, Bully and Searching for Sugar Man.
@Cool - Think a lot of red-staters are pushing 2016 without having seen it. (Too late, guys, he won.)
Remember when one publicist was trying to sell Disney's pleasant-fluff "America's Heart & Soul" to the mainstream by quick-ref selling it as "The red-states' answer to Fahrenheit 9/11", and every red-stater immediately went on a symbolic commando push-campaign to draft it for Best Picture?