Thursday, February 20, 2014

Breakdown/Prediction of Oscar-nominated Documentaries

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So, I haven't shown any love to my blog in a while, apologies. I've recently been contributing to, which I highly recommend you check out.

Anyway, I did a breakdown of this year's Oscar-nominated Documentaries and which one I think will take home top prize, if you're interested.

Thanks for reading, and I'll try to update this blog more often. Adios!

Oscar Circuit: Best Documentary Feature

Despite some upset over popular word-of-mouth documentaries like SeaWorld expose Blackfish and Sarah Polley’s deeply personal and acutely self-aware film Stories We Tell getting snubbed at the Academy Awards this year, the five nominees for Best Documentary Feature still stand strong.
The nominated documentary features include:
  • The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sorensen)
  • Cutie and the Boxer (Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher)
  • 20 Feet from Stardom (Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers)
  • Dirty Wars (Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill)
  • The Square (Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer)
This year’s line-up offers a diverse selection. There are the politically-driven and visual-journalistic pieces like Dirty Wars and The Square. There’s the biographical and artsy Cutie and the Boxer about the life of a financially-struggling couple attempting to get their art exhibited in a high-stakes, high-competition medium. There’s also the commercially appealing, musical-tale 20 Feet from Stardom about the high’s and low’s of backup singers who clandestinely helped made the hits of some of American’s most known songs. Then there’s The Act of Killing which belongs in a category all to itself, and it’s this novelty to achieve something rarely done before that will probably help lock it as Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Oscar ceremony.
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