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    Barbra please
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    There is so many worthy documentary great enough to be nominated for Best Picture along with genre films. Do you think in the future, the Oscars will allow documentary to compete in Best Picture? And what documentaries from last decade or century do you think should’ve nominated or won Best Picture?

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    Calvin
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    Not this century but I personally though Hoop Dreams not only deserved to be nominated for Best Picture, it would’ve deserved to win that year. Sadly didn’t;t even get a Documentary nod (though it did get editing).

    FYC:

    Supporting Actress - Youn Yuh-jung (Minari)

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    The closest was probably Fahrenheit 9/11. A documentary would need to make a ton of money at box office or be a cultural milestone.

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    Brayden Fitzsimmons
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    I always wondered if they competed under the 2009-2010 voting system, if Fahrenheit 9/11, An Inconvenient Truth and Free Solo would’ve been BP nominees.

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    It should be interesting to see if a documentary can get nominated moving forward given that next year will mark the return of a full slate of 10 Best Picture nominees. Under that nomination voting system in 2009 and 2010, we got to see a wide variety of different films that normally would’ve never made it into a field of 5 nor the sliding scale.

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    I’d be more than happy to see it, but I couldn’t predict which Doc would be the first to achieve it. The branch is notoriously fussy so we’d possibly end up with a BP nominee that doesn’t make the final 5 in Feature.

    The fixed 10 BP nominees will help, much like how I’m expecting to see animated films return to the lineup.

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    I love documentaries but personally, no I don’t think so. BP is for a combination of things including acting which some would say is the heart of a film. I do however, think that documentary feature should be elevated to have a higher prestige within the ceremony.

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    Documentaries are perfectly eligible for competition in BP. It just hasn’t happened yet. Maybe it never will, but the possibility exists. The closest probably was with “Fahrenheit 9/11,” but the category expansion wouldn’t happen until years later. I doubt that those circumstances will ever exist again, but anything’s possible.

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    Flee from Sundance has a great shot of getting animated feature, documentary feature, and international film. With Honeyland and Collective, they clearly are slowly wanting to expand into more categories. Collective should’ve gotten an editing nom at the least.

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    Yes they should. They do conform by the standard definition of “films” and also Time is better than all of the Best Picture nominees this year.

    FYC Emmys: "The Crown" in all categories, "I May Destroy You" in all categories, "It's a Sin" in all categories, "Small Axe" in all categories, Billie Piper ("I Hate Suzie"), Yvonne Strahovski ("Stateless") and Ruth Wilson ("His Dark Materials")

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    No. That’s what Best Documentary is for. I also think there needs to be a ban on documentaries in the Foreign Language Film category as they keep infecting that lineup.

    oof! Tell us how you really feel!

    I personally don’t believe that any film should be excluded from any category where they are eligible or deserving.

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    No. That’s what Best Documentary is for. I also think there needs to be a ban on documentaries in the Foreign Language Film category as they keep infecting that lineup.

    Proof that Close should have won.

    Pantheon of acting: Uta / Elizabeth / Richard / Sandy (Virginia Woolf), Bibi / Liv (Persona), Sandrine (La Ceremonie), Brie (Short Term 12), Jodie (Silence of the Lambs), Jodie (Killing Eve), Nicole (The Others), Eva (Penny Dreadful), Timothée (CMBYN), Lupita (Us)

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    Can and should. Really, really embarrassing that it hasn’t happened yet.

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