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Poll: Oscars 2012: Best Documentary Feature

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#1 Peter T Chattaway

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 06:39 PM

The 15 films that qualify (with links to our threads on them, where do-able):

  • "Battle for Brooklyn" (RUMUR Inc.)
  • "Bill Cunningham New York" (First Thought Films)
  • "Buck" (Cedar Creek Productions)
  • "Hell and Back Again" (Roast Beef Productions Limited)
  • "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front" (Marshall Curry Productions, LLC)
  • "Jane's Journey" (NEOS Film GmbH & Co. KG)
  • "The Loving Story" (Augusta Films)
  • "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" (@radical.media)
  • "Pina" (Neue Road Movies GmbH)
  • "Project Nim" (Red Box Films)
  • "Semper Fi: Always Faithful" (Tied to the Tracks Films, Inc.)
  • "Sing Your Song" (S2BN Belafonte Productions, LLC)
  • "Undefeated" (Spitfire Pictures)
  • "Under Fire: Journalists in Combat" (JUF Pictures, Inc.)
  • "We Were Here" (Weissman Projects, LLC)

Edited by Peter T Chattaway, 24 January 2012 - 09:38 AM.


#2 Tyler

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 10:59 AM

Herzog gets shut out again.

BTW, Undefeated isn't the Sarah Palin documentary (that's *The* Undefeated). It's a Friday Night Lights-type football doc.

[Edit] No Errol Morris, either.

Edited by Tyler, 19 November 2011 - 01:14 PM.


#3 Peter T Chattaway

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 10:19 PM

Tyler wrote:
: BTW, Undefeated isn't the Sarah Palin documentary (that's *The* Undefeated). It's a Friday Night Lights-type football doc.

And much to my surprise, I actually got a screener of Undefeated last week, in a package that also included screeners of The Artist, My Week with Marilyn, Coriolanus and The Iron Lady. I can't recall if I've ever received a screener of a DOCUMENTARY during awards season before (not counting Canadian films, a category that tends to be rather thick with non-fiction films).

#4 Peter T Chattaway

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 01:43 PM

The Producers Guild of America has revealed its nominees:

  • BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST
  • BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK
  • PROJECT NIM
  • SENNA
  • THE UNION
The winner will be announced January 21 ... three days before the Oscar nominations are announced.

#5 Peter T Chattaway

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:46 PM

I have no idea how relevant this will be, but the Writers Guild of America has announced its nominees for "Documentary Screenplay":

  • Better This World, Written by Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega; Loteria Films
  • If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, Written by Marshall Curry and Matthew Hamachek; Oscilloscope Pictures
  • Nostalgia for the Light, Written by Patricio Guzmán; Icarus Films
  • Pina, Screenplay by Wim Wenders; Sundance Selects
  • Position Among the Stars, Script by Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich, Leonard Retel Helmrich; HBO Documentary Films
  • Senna, Written by Manish Pandey; Producers Distribution Agency
The winner will be announced February 19, or one week before the Oscars.

#6 Darrel Manson

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 06:13 PM

Now you need a Times (either NY or LA) review to be considered for Best Doc Oscar

#7 Persona

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 08:04 PM

I haven't read the article, but that seems pretty stupid to me.

#8 Peter T Chattaway

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 12:14 AM

Michael Moore is taking credit for the new rules, and his reasoning seems sound, to me. For one thing, I had no idea that the award, until now, was voted on by only 5% of the Academy (i.e. the documentary branch). I thought the documentary branch played a part in NOMINATING the documentaries but left the final vote to the entire Academy membership.

#9 Darrel Manson

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 01:54 PM

DGA noms for best doc

JOE BERLINGER & BRUCE SINOFSKY
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

STEVE JAMES
The Interrupters

JAMES MARSH
Project Nim

RICHARD PRESS
Bill Cunningham New York

MARTIN SCORSESE
George Harrison: Living in the Material World

#10 Peter T Chattaway

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 12:26 AM

So, the various guild nominations so far shake down like so (with the guild-award nominees who are also on the Academy's short list are in bold):

  • 2 nominations
  • Bill Cunningham New York -- PGA, DGA
  • Project Nim -- PGA, DGA
  • Senna -- PGA, WGA

    1 nomination
  • Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest -- PGA
  • Better This World -- WGA
  • George Harrison: Living in the Material World -- DGA
  • If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front -- WGA
  • The Interrupters -- DGA
  • Nostalgia for the Light -- WGA
  • Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory -- DGA
  • Pina -- WGA
  • Position Among the Stars -- WGA
  • The Union -- PGA
I have no idea if this is indicative of anything, but there you go.

#11 Peter T Chattaway

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 10:31 AM

The Motion Picture Sound Editors have announced the nominees for their Golden Reel Awards; the documentary candidates are:

Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue, ADR and Music in a Feature Documentary

  • Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
  • Cave of the Forgotten Dreams
  • George Harrison: Living in the Material World
  • Lemmy
  • Pearl Jam Twenty

The winners will be announced February 19, or one week before the Oscars.

#12 Peter T Chattaway

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 01:18 AM

The Producers Guild of America has revealed its nominees:

  • BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST
  • BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK
  • PROJECT NIM
  • SENNA
  • THE UNION
The winner will be announced January 21 ... three days before the Oscar nominations are announced.

And the winner is... Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, a film that didn't even make the Oscar shortlist.

#13 Peter T Chattaway

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 09:41 AM

Vote!

And, wow, there isn't any overlap between the Academy's nominees and the Producers Guild's nominees at ALL. The only guild-nominated films to make the Academy's list are If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (WGA), Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (DGA) and Pina (WGA).

#14 Darrel Manson

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 10:27 AM

I've seen two. Wasn't all that impressed with If a Tree Falls.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 04:51 PM

Todd and I discuss Undefeated at The Thin Place podcast.

SHOW NOTES:



  • 0:30 – Intro, summary, and the film’s thesis
  • 10:21 – Money’s reward
  • 16:32 – Ecclesiastes and the Moral Fabric of the Universe
  • 21:49 – Playing angel’s advocate and the power of positive reinforcement
  • 28:20 – The health and wealth gospel and when bad things happen to good people
  • 33:55 – Spiritual versus material success
  • 36:08 – Undefeated? The meaning of the title
  • 40:41 – Ecclesiastes redux