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2012 Oscar Nominees

Academy Awards Nominees For Best Documentary Feature and Short


As announced January 24, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, here is the list of Oscar nominees for Best Documentary Feature and Best Documentary Short. The awards will be presented on February 26, 2011.

With congrats to the nominated filmmakers, here are the lists:

Best Documentary Feature"

  • Hell and Back Again - Danfung Dennis' dramatic documentary about a young marine who returns home from his deployment in Afghanistan disabled and unable to adjust to civilian life.
  • If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front - Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman tell the true tale of convicted eco-terrorist Daniel McGowan by mixing current footage of the former Earth Liberation Front member's house arrest while he waits to begin his life-long jail sentence with archival footage that chronicles events that brought him to this point in time.
  • Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory - This, the third and last film in Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's Paradise Lost series, brings to conclusion the story of the West Memphis 3, a trio of young boys wrongfully convicted for murder and incarcerated for 18 years before their eventual release. The film recaps the story, and celebrates the release, for which it is at least partially responsible.
  • Pina - Wim Wenders' exquisite and adulatory tribute to Pina Bausch, the beloved and recently deceased German dancer and choreographer, presents full performances in 3D that draws you into Pina's realm of dance. Rare and wonderful footage of Bausch and interviews with her dancers make this the definitive documentary about Pina Bausch, the great artist and creative spirit who moved the world one dance at a time.
  • Undefeated - Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin follow Manassas High School (North Memphis, Tennessee) football coach, Bill Courtney, as he spurs his last-in-league team towards their first victory in years. The film is inspirational, a sports documentary that resonates with audiences as did the narrative feature The Blind Side.

Best Documentary Short Subject

  • The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement - Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
  • God Is the Bigger Elvis - Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
  • Incident in New Baghdad - James Spione
  • Saving Face - Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
  • The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom - Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen

The Oscars will be presented on February 26, 2012, in Hollywood, and will be aired live on ABC-TV.

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