Last week the Academy offered up their annual dose of documentary-related controversy with the shortlist for their best documentary feature category.
While many quality docs were indeed included – from “Project Nim” and “Hell and Back Again” to “Pina” and “We Were Here” – an astonishing (or maybe not so, considering their history) list of acclaimed docs didn’t make the cut.
Where were Clio Barnard’s “The Arbor,” Steve James’ “The Interrupters,” Werner Herzog’s “Into The Abyss,” Patricio Guzmán’s “Nostalgia For The Light,” Leonard Retel Helmrich’s “Position Among The Stars,” Asif Kapadia’s “Senna,” and Errol Morris’ “Tabloid”? Just to name a few examples, they were all nowhere to be found.
Perhaps the filmmakers within that group can take some comfort in the fact that they’re in very good company. Some of – if not most of – the greatest documentaries of all time were not
So let’s take a trip down unfortunate memory lane, shall we? If only to provide solace to the Asif Kapadia’s and Steve James’s out there (and also check out our updated Oscar predictions here, including in the documentary category).