Sunday, November 20, 2005

 

Popular Documentaries Make the First Round Oscar Cut

This year, in a continuing trend to honor documentaries that have done well at the boxoffice, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has included a number of well-known titles in its first round cut of films to consider for the 2005 Best Documentary Oscar. Whittling down the field of eligible candidates from 82 to 15, the Academy has included such 2005 audience favorites as March of the Penguins (the second most popular documentary of all time), Mad Hot Ballroom, Rize and Murderball. In years past, often times, audiences would not have even heard of the films being nominated until Oscar night. Even film critics would reason that the Academy nominated unknown documentaries to "give them a chance" to be discovered by audiences. Things have changed in recent years with such popular documentaries as Capturing the Friedmans and Spellbound being nominated and films such as Bowling for Columbine and Fog of War winning. I predicted on September 9, 2005, that Mad Hot Ballroom would be among the contenders (Movies on My Mind, 9/9/05: Let's Dance). It will be interesting to see which of these films will make the final five nominee list.

Comments:
Oscar or not...Mad Hot Ballroom is a winner in my book!
 
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