Oscars 2012: Handicapping
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
A look at people in New York who survive by collecting and returning glass bottles and soda cans. From Downtown Docs and directed by Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill. They were nominated at the Oscars for Best Documentary Short in 2009 for "China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province."
A group of Rwandan children set out on a long journey away from their families to seek heart treatments that can save their lives. From Urban Landscapes and directed by Kief Davidson. He has no previous Oscar nominations.
Two hair salon owners open their doors to women with cancer, resulting in a blend of boisterous talk and personal reflection. From Cynthia Wade Productions and directed by Cynthia Wade. She won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short in 2007 for "Freeheld."
The American Dream seen through the humor and humanity of senior citizens living in a retirement community. From Kings Point Documentary and directed by Sari Gilman. She has no previous Oscar nominations.
A homeless, struggling young immigrant tries to become a better artist under staggering odds. From Shine Global and directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix. They were nominated at the Oscars for Best Documentary Feature in 2007 for "War/Dance."