Four of the 15 semi-finalists for Best Documentary at the Oscars are among the six films in contention for the same award from the Producers Guild of America. “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, “Inside Job,” “The Tillman Story,” and “Waiting for ‘Superman'” contend for the PGA prize as do “Earth Made of Glass” and “Smash His Camera.”
The PGA winner will be announced at the guild’s 22nd annual kudos on Jan. 22 at the Beverly Hilton. Nominees in the other categories, including Best Picture, will be announced Jan 4.
The Oscar nominees will be announced Jan 25. While an average scoring system produced the shortlist of 15, the academy’s standard system of preferential voting will determine the final five. Rule 12 III (c) dictates that the second round of voting requires the viewing of all short-listed documentaries in a theater unless the member watched all of the eligible documentaries in the first round. The two-step process was instituted in 2007 to address concerns about the caliber of documentaries making the cut.
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