…And then there were fifteen, the Academy announces the Best Doc Oscar aspirants

November 20, 2010

Our theater and awards correspondent (and armchair critic) Sam Blair checks in with the news that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has narrowed the field competing for the Best Documentary Oscar down to fifteen films. They are:

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, Alex Gibney, director (ES Productions LLC)

Enemies of the People, Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath, directors (Old Street Films)

Exit through the Gift Shop, Banksy, director (Paranoid Pictures)

Gasland, Josh Fox, director (Gasland Productions, LLC)

Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould, Michele Hozer and Peter Raymont, directors (White Pine Pictures)

Inside Job, Charles Ferguson, director (Representational Pictures)

The Lottery, Madeleine Sackler, director (Great Curve Films)

Precious Life, Shlomi Eldar, director (Origami Productions)

Quest for Honor, Mary Ann Smothers Bruni, director (Smothers Bruni Productions)

Quest For Honor trailer from Mary Ann Bruni on Vimeo.

Restrepo, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, directors (Outpost Films)

This Way of Life, Thomas Burstyn, director (Cloud South Films)

The Tillman Story, Amir Bar-Lev, director (Passion Pictures/Axis Films)

Waiting for “Superman”, Davis Guggenheim, director (Electric Kinney Films)

Waste Land, Lucy Walker, director (Almega Projects)

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, directors (Disturbing the Universe LLC)

1 Comment

  • Comment by Philip Martin — Nov 20,2010 at 11:38 am

    Just a couple of notes. I’ve seen 10 of the 15. which I don’t think is too terrible; The Tillman Story is scheduled to open here next Wednesday, like all the other Turkey Week movies, and Client 9 will be here in a couple of weeks.

    My handicapping favorite is Waiting for “Superman,” though Inside Job and Exit Through the Gift Shop seem more deserving.

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