November 18, 2009

The shortlist for Documentary Feature hits, and many Docs are left in the dust!

The press release can be found here, but these are the 15 finalists:

  • “The Beaches of Agnes,” Agnès Varda, director (Cine-Tamaris)
  • “Burma VJ,” Anders Østergaard, director (Magic Hour Films)
  • “The Cove,” Louie Psihoyos, director (Oceanic Preservation Society)
  • “Every Little Step,” James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo, directors (Endgame Entertainment)
  • “Facing Ali,” Pete McCormack, director (Network Films Inc.)
  • “Food, Inc.,” Robert Kenner, director (Robert Kenner Films)
  • “Garbage Dreams,” Mai Iskander, director (Iskander Films, Inc.)
  • “Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders,” Mark N. Hopkins, director (Red Floor Pictures LLC)
  • “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers,” Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith, directors (Kovno Communications)
  • “Mugabe and the White African,” Andrew Thompson and Lucy Bailey, directors (Arturi Films Limited)
  • “Sergio,” Greg Barker, director (Passion Pictures and Silverbridge Productions)
  • “Soundtrack for a Revolution,” Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman, directors (Freedom Song Productions)
  • “Under Our Skin,” Andy Abrahams Wilson, director (Open Eye Pictures)
  • “Valentino The Last Emperor,” Matt Tyrnauer, director (Acolyte Films)
  • “Which Way Home,” Rebecca Cammisa, director (Mr. Mudd)
-Thoughts on the exclusions of things like Capitalism: A Love Story, Tyson, It Might Get Loud, Earth, and Anvil, among others?


  1. it's a very disappointing list, but that's just me...

  2. That left off some hot ones. I'm shocked by the Michael Moore diss. Maybe his criticisms were too close to home.

  3. indeed...perhaps he didn't campaign for it and only went for Best Picture, like with Fahrenheit 9/11, but I doubt it...

  4. Well, that shoots down most of my predictions. Starting from scratch it seems.

  5. damn shame...especially about Anvil and Tyson.

    Haven't seen Capitalism yet, but I'm sure it deserved to be in the running too.

  6. I completely agree that the non-inclusion of "Capitalism: A Love Story" was a huge misnomer on the Academy's part.

    Quite honestly, I haven't seen any other documentaries this year, but the one film on this list I've heard about the most is "The Cove". If I had to guess which doc took home the gold this year, I'd say the award will be going to that film.

  7. Not too upset about Capitalism actually, I thought it was good but definitely not great.

    I am enthralled that The Beaches of Agnes is in still.

  8. Tyson deserves to be in there without a doubt. It's one of the best documentaries I've seen in quite a while, and certainly had good enough reviews to make the top 15. Ridiculous.

  9. I am dissapointed that Capitalism didn't make the cut, but also that Fuel was left off as well as The September Issue. This seems to be year with many, many popular, widely-released documentaries, many of which were ommitted from this list. I am glad Food Inc and The Cove made the cut, though...

  10. Too bad that Big River Man didn't make the cut :(

  11. let's hope this isn't the start of a disappointing trend...