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Peter T Chattaway

Oscars 2019: Best Documentary Feature

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The 166 contenders:

  • Above and Beyond: NASA’S Journey to Tomorrow
  • Active Measures
  • Amazing Grace
  • American Chaos
  • Andy Irons: Kissed by God
  • Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco
  • Avicii: True Stories
  • Bali: Beats of Paradise
  • Bathtubs over Broadway
  • Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
  • Believer
  • Better Angels
  • Bill Coors: The Will to Live
  • Bisbee ’17
  • The Bleeding Edge
  • Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • Breaking Point: The War for Democracy in Ukraine
  • Call Her Ganda
  • Charm City
  • Chef Flynn
  • The China Hustle
  • Christian Audigier The Vif
  • The Cleaners
  • Communion
  • Crime + Punishment
  • Dark Money
  • Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
  • The Dawn Wall
  • The Distant Barking of Dogs
  • Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes
  • Drug$
  • Eating Animals
  • Eldorado
  • Fahrenheit 11/9
  • Fail State
  • Family in Transition
  • Far from the Tree
  • Filmworker
  • The First Patient
  • Foreign Land
  • 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie
  • Free Solo
  • Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable
  • Generation Wealth
  • Ghost Hunting
  • Ghosthunter
  • The Gilligan Manifesto
  • The Gospel According to André
  • Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
  • Graves without a Name
  • The Great Buster: A Celebration
  • Hal
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening
  • Half the Picture
  • The Heart of Nuba
  • Hillbilly
  • The Homeless Chorus Speaks
  • Hondros
  • Howard
  • In Search of Greatness
  • In the Land of Pomegranates
  • Inventing Tomorrow
  • Invisible Hands
  • Itzhak
  • Jane Fonda in Five Acts
  • John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection
  • The Judge
  • Kangaroo: A Love Hate Story
  • Killer Bees
  • The King
  • King in the Wilderness
  • Kusama – Infinity
  • The Last Race
  • Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy
  • Letter from Masanjia
  • Licu, a Romanian Story
  • Living in the Future’s Past
  • Liyana
  • Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle
  • Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story
  • Love, Cecil
  • Love, Gilda
  • Love Is Tolerance – Tolerance Is Love – Make Tolerance Great Again!
  • Making The Five Heartbeats
  • Maria by Callas
  • Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.
  • McQueen
  • Minding the Gap
  • Monrovia, Indiana
  • The Most Unknown
  • New Moon
  • 93Queen
  • Nossa Chape
  • Of Fathers and Sons
  • Of Love & Law
  • On Her Shoulders
  • Opera about Poland
  • The Opera House
  • The Oslo Diaries
  • The Other Side of Everything
  • The Panama Papers
  • Path of Blood
  • People’s Republic of Desire
  • Philosopher King – Lee Teng-hui’s Dialogue
  • Pick of the Litter
  • Piripkura
  • Police Killing
  • Pope Francis – A Man of His Word
  • The Price of Everything
  • The Price of Free
  • Qiu (Inmates)
  • Quincy
  • RBG
  • The Rachel Divide
  • The Raft
  • Recovery Boys
  • Restoring Tomorrow
  • Reversing Roe
  • The Road Movie
  • Robin Williams: Come inside My Mind
  • Ruben Blades Is Not My Name
  • Samouni Road
  • Saving Brinton
  • Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland
  • Science Fair
  • Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood
  • Searching for Ingmar Bergman
  • Seeing Allred
  • The Sentence
  • Shirkers
  • Shot in the Dark
  • The Silence of Others
  • Sisters of the Wilderness
  • A Son of Man
  • Songwriter
  • Stan
  • Studio 54
  • Summer in the Forest
  • Tea with the Dames
  • That Summer
  • That Way Madness Lies…
  • They Fight
  • They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead
  • This Is Congo
  • This Is Home: A Refugee Story
  • Three Identical Strangers
  • To Be Continued
  • Transformer
  • Travel Ban
  • The Trial
  • Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace
  • Trust Machine
  • Under the Wire
  • United Skates
  • Unknown Distance
  • Up Down and Sideways
  • The Waldheim Waltz
  • We Could Be Heroes
  • Weed the People
  • What Haunts Us
  • What Lies Upstream
  • Whitney
  • Wonderful Losers: A Different World
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
  • Yellow Is Forbidden
  • Yellowing

A 15-movie shortlist will be revealed on December 17. The final 5 nominees will be announced January 22.

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I've seen several of these - not anywhere close to a majority, but more than in recent years - and just wanted to take a second to plug The Road Movie, which Prime members can stream for free at Amazon Prime. It's a blast! Not necessarily award-caliber, or my choice for the year's best documentary, but it appealed to the younger man in me who used to love clips of David Letterman throwing watermelons and such off a 10-story tower. Same kind of effect here, although, to use a road-trip analogy, your mileage may vary.

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