AMPAS, Cinema Eye Honors narrow doc short fields

Posted by · 10:07 am · October 13th, 2010

The Academy has just announced the eight finalists for this year’s Best Documentary Short award.  They are:

“Born Sweet”
“Killing in the Name”
“Living for 32”
“One Thousand Pictures: RFK’s Last Journey”
“Poster Girl”
“Strangers No More”
“Sun Come Up”
“The Warriors of Qiugang”

From the press release:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 83rd Academy Awards® has been narrowed to eight films, of which three to five will earn Oscar® nominations.

Voters from the Academy’s Documentary Branch viewed this year’s 30 eligible entries and submitted their ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers for tabulation.

Speaking of which, it’s worth mentioning the Cinema Eye Honors, which yesterday announced it’s own list of finalists (11).  This is the first year short non-fiction filmmaking has been recognized by the organization.  They are:

“Albert’s Winter”
“Ali Shan”
“Born Sweet”
“The Darkness of Day”
“Dock Ellis and the LSD No No”
“Notes on the Other”
“Peter in Radioland”
“The Poodle Trainer”

From the press release:

Five nominees for the award will be announced on November 4, 2010 at the Cinema Eye Honors Nominations Announcement at the Sheffield Doc/Fest in the United Kingdom, along with nominees in eleven feature film categories.

The winner will be announced at the 4th Annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking, set to be held in January in New York City.

“We’ve been talking for several years about finding the best way to honor the work being done by nonfiction filmmakers in the short form,” says 2011 Cinema Eye Honors Co-Chair AJ Schnack. “We’re incredibly excited to be celebrate these exceptional 11 films as finalists for our first Short Film award at Cinema Eye.”

The naming of the new award for Short Nonfiction Filmmaking is the first of several major announcements for this year’s edition of the Cinema Eye Honors. “2010 has been an extraordinary year for documentary,” says Co-Chair Esther Robinson. “We look forward to celebrating this amazing work with an event that lives up to this historic year.”

So the only one to show up on each is “Born Sweet.” Interesting.

You can read up on Schnack’s documentary musings, second to none, at All These Wonderful Things.

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