While it made a big fuss by being aired on ESPN and ABC in five installments last month, this quite compelling documentary about O.J. Simpson’s life before, during and after his famous trial, and how it can explain a lot about race relations in America, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and had an one-week qualifying run. Director Ezra Edelman has said in interviews that he made the film to be watched in one sitting. ESPN has indicated that it intends to carry a campaign for the movie in the Documentary Feature category.
Could it actually happen? The biggest impediment for me seems to be how long it runs. The Oscars have never awarded a 7-hour movie, yet no documentary this year feels more current than this one.
Other contenders are: Charles Ferguson’s Time to Choose, Roger Ross Williams’ Life, Animated, Elyse Steinberg and Josh Kriegman’s Weiner, Alex Gibney’s Zero Days, Vitaly Mansky’s Under the Sun, Clay Tweel’s Gleason, Jeff Feuerzeig’s Author: The JT Leroy Story, Laura Poitras’ Risk, David Farrier and Dylan Reeve’s Tickled, Ott Bell’s The Eagle Huntress, Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami’s Sonita, Dawn Porter’s Trapped. Please help me expand (or shorten) the list.
Weiner is an extraordinary film. I also think recent honorary Oscar winner Spike Lee’s documentary on Michael Jackson’s pre-Thriller career will generate Academy notice.
I’m skeptical, but I guess it would be cool (even though it’s basically cheating given to qualify it).
Well, critical acclaim keeps calling this a “masterpiece”. Say it over and over again and people may begin to believe it….
I suppose it was very good. But, I hope not.
Besides, I’m backing a very different Doc….