There were 147 documentary films contending for an Oscar nomination in 2013. In the end, there can only be five nominations, but The Academy has whittled the initial list down to fifteen.
Most of the titles are unsurprising to my eyes. These are all of the bigger profile docs that people were talking about throughout the year. Front-runner predictions? I’d have to think Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell has got to be a favorite. Also, Blackfish and The Act of Killing have gotten a lot of buzz as well.
The Act of Killing
The Armstrong Lie
The Crash Reel
Cutie and the Boxer
First Cousin Once Removed
God Loves Uganda
Life According to Sam
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
Stories We Tell
20 Feet from Stardom
Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington
A couple of titles notably missing from the short list are After Tiller, Gideon’s Army, Let the Fire Burn and Leviathan; four films I’ve seen on some other favorite lists and have been getting recognition in other venues. I think At Berkeley is another one I’ve seen cropping up on some best of lists as well.
What say you? Any commentary you have on the list? Anything missing or more interestingly, are there any titles on the short list that absolutely should not be there?
Also, the full list of 151 films is printed under the seats…
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