October 4, 2013 at 2:14 pm #113818
Perhaps, outside of their own, internal message boards, the voters can head on over here and take a look at what we learned GDers think about the docs out there? Hmmmm?October 4, 2013 at 2:18 pm #113819
The Wrap’s headline is misleading – this is the same system in place last year, not an overhaul. It’s just gotten worse.
The intention was good, but this process is ridiculous. It was Michael Moore’s idea, and the reason he was ousted as a Doc governor in the last election. It will in turn likely be overhauled next year.December 3, 2013 at 11:30 am #113821
Oscars: 15 Documentary Features Make Shortlist
The Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences announced 15 documentary features in
contention for Oscar, from a huge category of 147 films that had
originally qualified. The list includes “20 Feet From Stardom,” the
year’s highest grossing docu; “The Armstrong Lie,” “The Act of Killing”
and “Blackfish” (pictured from left); as well as “Stories We Tell” by
Sarah Polley, which won the N.Y Critics Circle Award today.
SEE MORE: Awards: The Contenders
The semi-semi-finalists are, in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:
“The Act of Killing,” Final Cut for Real
“The Armstrong Lie,” The Kennedy/Marshall Company
“Blackfish,” Our Turn Productions
“The Crash Reel,” KP Rides Again
“Cutie and the Boxer,” Ex Lion Tamer and Cine Mosaic
“Dirty Wars,” Civic Bakery
“First Cousin Once Removed,” Experiments in Time, Light & Motion
“God Loves Uganda,” Full Credit Productions
“Life According to Sam,” Fine Films
“Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer,” Roast Beef Productions
“The Square,” Noujaim Films and Maktube Productions
“Stories We Tell,” National Film Board of Canada
“Tim’s Vermeer,” High Delft Pictures
“20 Feet from Stardom,” Gil Friesen Productions and Tremolo Productions
“Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington,” Tripoli Street
It’s a good list, with a wide range of topics, from “Tim’s Vermeer”
(a study of art, technology and creativity) to “God Loves Uganda”
(American Evangelicals in Africa).
The Academy’s list includes four of the five films competing at this
Friday’s Intl. Documentary Assn. ceremony: “The Act of Killing,”
“Blackfish,” “The Square” and “Stories We Tell.” The fifth IDA contender
is “Let the Fire Burn,” an acclaimed film that failed to make the cut
with Oscar. Also omitted are Indie Spirit Award nominees “After Tiller”
and “Gideon’s Army,” plus Producers Guild nominations “A Place at the
Table,” “Far Out isn’t Enough” and “We Steal Secrets: The Story of
Other surprising omission include “Letters to Jackie” (Bill Couturie,
letters of sympathy after JFK’s shooting); “The Unknown Known” (Donald
Rumsfeld, exposed); “Inequality for All” about the economy; “Casting
By,” about Hollywood casting directors; and “Muscle Shoals.”December 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm #113822
All 12 NY + LA winners also got NSFC, so with NBR on top of that Stories We Tell should sweep.
However, while all 4 groups have agreed 5 times (with only Man on Wire this century), Oscar has only rewarded 2 LA/NY/NSFC winners: When We Were Kings (NBR loser) and Man on Wire. It’s snubbed a bunch of critics’ consensuses, actually. So we’ll see what happens.
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