How did ‘Man on Wire’ become the favorite in a field of superior documentary features?

Posted by · 10:46 am · February 11th, 2009

It often seems that when there isn’t an obvious, populist pick in the Academy’s documentary feature category (such as “Bowling for Columbine,” “March of the Penguins” or “An Inconvenient Truth”), the field is rife for an upset.  Last year a number of awards watchers were sure that either “No End in Sight” or “Sicko” would […]

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The docs you aren’t considering

Posted by · 7:56 pm · November 23rd, 2008

Whenever an awards shortlist is announced, people will inevitably spend as much time, if not more, pondering its omissions as they will its inclusions. And so it has been this week, in the wake of the Academy’s announcement of the 15 titles shortlisted for Best Feature Documentary. Some are curiously kvetching that Bill Maher’s sporadically […]

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‘Ballast’ tops list of Gotham Indie award nominees

Posted by · 8:00 am · October 20th, 2008

The Gotham Independent Film Award nominees have been announced (note the change in moniker this year), and Lance Hammer’s Mississippi drama “Ballast” leads the pack with four nominations.  Six films received two nominations apiece, including Charlie Kaufman’s “Synecdoche, New York,” Jonathan Demme’s “Rachel Getting Married” and Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” One film that might […]

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