As 26 of our 29 Oscars Experts predicted, “Citizenfour” won Best Documentary Feature on Sunday night. Director Laura Poiras‘s film about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been amply honored this awards season, receiving Best Documentary from BAFTA, DGA, LA and NY film critics, the National Society of Film Critics, the Independent Spirit Awards, and the International Documentary Association.
While it wasn’t even nominated at the PGA Awards, that winner, “Life Itself,” isn’t in contention at the Oscars. “Citizenfour” was also absent from the WGA Awards, where the winner was another film missing from the academy’s lineup: “The Internet’s Own Boy.”
The film was the 1/5 favorite with 26 Experts backing it: Thelma Adams (ZEALnyc), Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Kyle Buchanan (Vulture), Mike Cidoni (Associated Press), Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Thom Geier, Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair), Dave Karger (Fandango), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Mary Milliken (Reuters), Michael Musto (Out.com), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Claudia Puig (USA Today), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Keith Simanton (IMDb), Nicole Sperling (Entertainment Weekly), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere), Glenn Whipp (LA Times) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).
Netflix’s “Virunga,” about threatened wildlife on protected land in Africa, was in second place in our predictions with 10/1 odds and the support of two Experts: Jenelle Riley (Variety) and Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post).
“Finding Vivian Maier,” profiling the title photographer, was in the third spot with 25/1 odds and the backing of one Expert: Tariq Khan (Fox News).