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December 4, 2012
Academy Reveals Shortlisted Documentary Selection, Controversy to Ensue
— Posted by Kenny Miles
Fifteen documentary feature films have been shortlisted to receive an Oscar nomination. I was surprised this happened today and it caught me off guard. Busy day between NYFCC and this announcement. They are listed in alphabetical order by title, followed by their production companies, of course:
-“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” Never Sorry LLC
I am proud to say I have seen ten of these movies! Last year I had seen 5 of the 15 nominated because of some major screw ups on the committees fault neglecting quality films like “Page One” and “Senna.” I am ashamed to say that “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” “Central Park Five,” and “Queen of Versailles” didn’t make the cut. Once again doc fans will be very upset with the exclusions of those exceptional docs. The documentary committee chair Michael Moore has some explaining to do. There needs to be additional reform for the selection process. Expect a lot of controversy from their omissions. Because of those being disqualified, I’m easily rooting for “Invisible War” all the way. It’s a powerful film that every tax paying American must watch. A pleasant surprise qualifying doc is “Ethel,” the heartfelt documentary about the Kennedys I had a chance to see way back in March. This was a TV doc and the rules were supposed to weed out non-theatrical features. Last year I was one of the few who correctly predicted that the high school football documentary “Undefeated” would be victorious on Oscar night!
May the best, or most beloved, documentary win!
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Covering various aspects of the movie industry including specialty genre films, limited release, independent, foreign language, documentary features, and THE much infamous 'awards season,' Kenny Miles loves to talk about whats overlooked in Hollywood as well as what people are talking about in the Entertainment Industry. Also, he likes to offer his opinion on the business of film, marketing strategy, and branding. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado where he is a pollster for the market research company CinemaScore and a sales/events coordinator. You can follow me on Twitter @kmiles723.
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