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