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    City Hall should take this in a landslide in my opinion, but Time would be a more than worthy winner. So watch neither take it lol.

    As usual, there’s a plethora of small and indie and student docs that blow the usual HBO and Netflix docs out of the water, but the latter (and docs of that nature) usually fill the slots. One of my favorites this year, and one of the best *directed* films of the year, is Sophy Romvari’s Still Processing. It would be slotted into the Shorts categories, but I hate those categories so I’m mentioning it here lol. Please, everyone check it out if you can. You can find Romvari on Twitter/Letterboxd/Vimeo.

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    Collective and Time are the documentaries that truly hit the zeitgeist in 2020 so they should be considered big contenders.

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    Is I Am Greta eligible?

    I think Time is the frontrunner.

    FYC:

    "The Good Fight" and "The Other Two" in all categories.

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    Babenco: Tell Me When I Die is gonna win.

    It's about the chaotic editing in Moulin Rouge!

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    Crapshooting big time here, I’m probably not even aware of quite a few titles that are in this race.

    Frontrunners

    Crip Camp
    Time
    Dick Johnson Is Dead
    Collective
    Welcome to Chechnya

    Next in line

    All in: the Fight for Democracy
    David Byrne’s American Utopia
    City Hall
    The Truffle Hunters
    Circus of Books

    On the brink

    Miss Americana
    Boys State
    I Am Greta

    Strong possibilities

    Babenco: Tell Me When I Die
    Whirlybird
    9to5: the Story of a Movement
    Athlete A

    Possibilities

    Notturno
    The Social Dilemma
    The Dissident
    MLK/FBI
    Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams
    Becoming
    Beastie Boys Story
    Gunda
    Billie
    Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President
    The Fight
    Rebuilding Paradise
    Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen

    Theoretical possibilities

    Mucho Mucho Amor: the Legend of Walter Mercado
    Audrey: More Than an Icon
    Women in Blue
    Us Kids
    The Painter and the Thief
    Ahead of the Curve
    499
    The Dilemma of Desire
    Freedia Got a Gun
    Red Heaven

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    Crapshooting big time here, I’m probably not even aware of quite a few titles that are in this race.

    Perhaps you’ve forgotten Notturno and Collective?

    By the way, has anyone seen Collective? I have a thing for Romanian cinema, and I’m very curious about this one.

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    Crip Camp is an amazing doc and it irritates me that it isn’t getting more traction with critic groups.

    FYC!!:

    Best Picture: The Power of the Dog
    Lead Actress: Renate Reinsve (The Worst Person in the World)
    Lead Actor: Simon Rex (Red Rocket)
    Supporting Actress: Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog)
    Supporting Actor: Vincent Lindon (Titane)

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    Due to being in my home for most of the year, and because of the number of films (and what kinds of films) that have been released this year, I’ve seen more documentaries this year than ever before so I’m really excited about this race. I know I still have a few to see, but some of this year’s documentaries will end up among my favorite films of the year, period. I cried throughout most of “Crip Camp” and found it so moving and inspirational in a quietly revolutionary way that really forced me to reflect upon accessibility and disability rights in a manner I shamefully had not considered beforehand. “Boys State” was captivating and left me astounded that this was not a narrative film, but built a world and introduced characters that seemed to come from a fictional world that nevertheless reflected the mood of the country over the past couple of years. And “Time” blew my mind in the boundaries that I thought prohibited what can be defined as a “documentary,” and took enticing narrative and editorial risks that elevated a merely traditional version of this film. Definitely rooting for those films and some others I have seen this year and looking forward to catching up with more over the next few years.

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    I just saw The Mole Agent and while I personally didn’t love it I could see it resonating with voters, especially in this season. The whole film is about the connection we have to our elders and how some of them fall through the system, and in a weird way it could appeal to Academy members in times where they probably couldn’t visit their parents in their retirement homes (or some of them even live there themselves and haven’t been visited in a long time). But on the other hand, Totally Under Control missed the shortlist, so maybe that won’t happen at all.

    FYC - Oscars 2022:
    A HERO:
    - Best Picture
    - Best Director
    - Best Original Screenplay
    - Best Actor (Amir Jadidi)
    - Best International Feature

    NINE DAYS in all categories, including:
    - Best Picture
    - Best Director
    - Best Original Screenplay
    - Best Actor (Winston Duke)
    - Best Supporting Actress (Zazie Beetz)
    - Best Supporting Actor (Benedict Wong)

    RIDERS OF JUSTICE:
    - Best Picture
    - Best Original Screenplay
    - Best Actor (Mads Mikkelsen)
    - Best Supporting Actor (Nicolas Bro)

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    Crip Camp is an amazing doc and it irritates me that it isn’t getting more traction with critic groups.

    Its gonna win oscar so critics dont wins wont matter.

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    Shortlist

    All In: The Fight for Democracy

    Boys State

    Collective

    Crip Camp

    Dick Johnson is Dead

    Gunda

    MLK/FBI

    The Mole Agent

    My Octopus Teacher

    Notturno

    The Painter and the Thief

    76 Days

    Time

    The Truffle Hunters

    Welcome to Chechnya

    Best Supporting Actress - Kathryn Hunter, Ann Dowd, Martha Plimpton, Judi Dench, Ruth Negga
    Best Supporting Actor - Troy Katsur, Ciarán Hinds, Alex Hassell, Bertie Carvel
    Best Actress - Tessa Thompson
    The Tragedy of Macbeth in Directing, Production Design, Cinematography and thee Kathryn Hunter
    Mass in Original Screenplay

    The Great - Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult and comedy writing

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    Collective is also on the shortlist for International Feature. Welcome to Chechnya is also the first documentary shortlisted for Visual Effects.

    Best Supporting Actress - Kathryn Hunter, Ann Dowd, Martha Plimpton, Judi Dench, Ruth Negga
    Best Supporting Actor - Troy Katsur, Ciarán Hinds, Alex Hassell, Bertie Carvel
    Best Actress - Tessa Thompson
    The Tragedy of Macbeth in Directing, Production Design, Cinematography and thee Kathryn Hunter
    Mass in Original Screenplay

    The Great - Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult and comedy writing

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    Knowing how the documentary branch works, they will probably snub Time and Dick Johnson is Dead for something like All In: The Fight for Democracy.

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    There are some documentaries on this shortlist that are incredibly friendly for voters that don’t have buzz from Hollywood journalists, but here is my prediction:
    Collective
    The Mole Agent
    MLK/FBI
    Time
    Welcome to Chechnya

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