This morning, in the middle of the Sundance frenzy, the 79th Oscar nominations were announced. Two of the nominees are part of the SXSW 2006 family: Laura Poitras and Jocelyn Glatzer’s My Country, My Country (which had its North American Premiere in our Documentary Feature Competition) and Leslie Iwerks & Mike Glad’s Recycled Life (which had its premiere in our Shorts Competition). They were nomintaed for Best Documentary Feature and Best Documentary Short, respectively. Meanwhile, in related SXSW alum news, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Jesus Camp was also nominated, only one year after their first feature Boys of Baraka made the shortlist. While we did not screen Jesus Camp, last year’s Baraka premiered at SXSW 2005, and won a special jury award. So, I’m really happy for them, too.