Just announced, the 82nd Academy Awards nominations! And the nominees are:
Best Documentary Feature:
- Burma VJ - Anders Ostergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
- The Cove - Louis Psihoyos
- Food, Inc. - Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
- The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers - Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
- Which Way Home - Rebecca Cammisa
Best Documentary Short:
- China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province - Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill
- The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner - Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
- The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant - Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
- Music by Prudence - Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
- Rabbit à la Berlin - Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra
There are no surprises, no upsets on the list. All of the nominees are Oscar-worthy, well-made and relevant films with strong social messages. All the nominated feature-length documentaries have screened in theaters, been embraced by a wide range of audiences, won other awards and honors. and received crirtical acclaim. Of the shorts, three have already aired on HBO. The nominees indicate that, in general, 2009 was a pretty good year for documentaries.
My predictions? I think The Cove, which as already won the Oscar-predicting PGA and DGA awards for best feature, and has brought tremendous interest to the documentary genre, is a shoe-in for best feature-length documentary. And for best short, I think Rabbit a la Berlin willl win the coveted golden statuette for it's fine cinematic presentation of a quirky and compelling story.
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The 82nd Academy Awards ceremony is slated for March 7, 2010. It will be good to see these outstanding documentary filmmakers on the red carpet! Meanwhile, check out the entire list of 2010 Oscar nominees to see who else will be there.