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    I couldn’t find a thread on this topic, so I’ve started one. If there is an already existing thread could someone link to it here?

    Time has now won NYFCC and LAFCA; the last English-language documentary to achieve this was Citizenfour which was a slam-dunk come Oscar night, so prospects look good for the Amazon original.

    Another thing I just noticed is that City Hall director Frederick Wiseman turns 91 on January 1, which would make him the oldest Oscar-nominee in any category ever if nominated.

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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 OSCARS : PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN IN ALL CATEGORIES (ESP. ACTRESS – Carey Mulligan AND ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY — EMERALD FENNELL), VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", ESSIE DAVIS FOR "BABYTEETH"

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

    It’s my favorite film of 2020 and one of my favorite documentaries of all time. The best Romanian film I’ve seen since Aferim! in 2015. It’s quite similar to Spotlight.

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    Chloe Sevigny stan <3
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    Crip Camp is an amazing doc and it irritates me that it isn’t getting more traction with critic groups.

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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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