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Which Oscar docs should go forward?

November 22, 2010
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 83rd Academy Awards. 100 docs originally were selected and now the committee must narrow the list down to 5. Of the 15 listed below, which 5 do you think should move forward? (My choices are in bold)

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:

  • “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)
  • “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)

The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

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