The Best Documentary category features one of the more prominent snubs of the 2018 Oscar nominations. The arguable front-runner in the category, Jane, did not appear in the final five (I disputed this front-runner status in favor of Agnes Varda’s Faces Places, but I in no way foresaw Jane not even earning a nomination).
With that film out of the running—as well as other notable docs like City of Ghosts not showing up—the conversation around the Best Documentary category has changed drastically. So let’s have that conversation!
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Best Documentary has been narrowed to a shortlist of 15 films. Raises my chances of not screwing this up, right?
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I am fascinated by the 2017 Academy Award Best Documentary race. In a normal year, a film like 13th would be the clear favorite. It is adherent to the talking-head documentary formula will having important and informative subject matter.
But then there’s ESPN…
Best Documentary Film:
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I have always grappled with reviewing documentaries. The cinematic elements are often time more muted than in fiction films, although there are exceptions to this of course. Documentaries are defined by formula. It is nice, then, to see documentaries that go above and beyond the simple formula.
Here are my picks for the Best Documentary nominations.
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The Best Documentary category has developed into one of the more elusive categories at the Oscars. The Academy has a recent history of honoring the more lighthearted pieces of nonfiction film. Three of the past five years’ winners have been films that avoid politics or heavy issues.
This year, all five nominees deal with heavy issues to various degrees. And two of the three emerging frontrunners appear to be the most heavy of the lot. The Look of Silence and Cartel Land are hailed critically, and appear to be powerful enough films to elicit Academy recognition.
At least, that is the hope.
The Look of Silence is Joshua Oppenheimer’s follow up to 2012’s The Act of Killing. The sequel may not Continue reading 2016 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Documentary
- Citizenfour — Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefor, Dirk Wilutzky
- Finding Vivian Maier — John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
- Last Days in Vietnam — Rory Kennedy, Keven McAlester
- The Salt of the Earth — Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, David Rosier
- Virunga — Orlando von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara
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Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 is an HBO documentary short subject that follows suicide hotline responders as they deal with consoling suicidal veterans and talking them down from the brink. Continue reading Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 (2013) Movie Review