The mysterious body that chooses the pool of potential documentary feature nominees for the Oscars every year probably stepped in another flaming bag of poo yesterday with the release of this year’s short list.
The effusive praise heaped upon Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father by critics, bloggers and audiences alike has gone unrewarded. I don’t know if Up the Yangtze met the obscure eligibility requirements (Young@Heart did not), but I can think of a few fans of that film who will be disappointed as well.
Here’s the list:
At the Death House Door
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh
*Encounters at the End of the World
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts
In a Dream
Made in America
*Man on Wire
*Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Standard Operating Procedure
They Killed Sister Dorothy
*Trouble the Water
I’ve only seen the five films marked with stars, but if Zachary is as good as its reputation, I could easily see I.O.U.S.A and Pray the Devil Back to Hell getting bumped in its favor.
I also would’ve included Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson, but I’m pretty sure I’m about the only one.
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