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  • babypook
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    October 4, 2013 | 1:59 PM
     
    Doc branch members are now swamped with more than 150 screeners
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    babypook
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    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?

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    Scottferguson
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    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.

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    babypook
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    Breaking News
    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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      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 o…  
     
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    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
    WikiLeaks.”

    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.”

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    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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