SXSW alumnus A.J. Schnack (he directed a They Might Be Giants film we premiered in 2002) sent a bunch of us an email today that I simply must share:
As many of you are already aware, I undertook the noble but ultimately unsuccessful campaign to have the motion picture academy announce the five nominated features in the documentary category this morning. Ultimately, the Academy responded that too few viewers would be familiar with the documentary nominees to warrant including the cateogry in the live television broadcast.
So, I noted with interest that the highest grossing documentary nominee – March of the Penguins – made more money at the box office than any of the nominees in most of the top categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Animated Feature. I wrote about this disparity today on my blog.
And, here is that blog. Enjoy.