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A Shortlist I Can Live With

A Shortlist I Can Live With

The Academy just announced its 15-film shortlist for the Best Documentary Oscar. And, I must say, it’s a pretty strong list. There are few unfortunate omissions, as usual, including Margaret Brown’s The Order of Myths, Marina Zenovich’s Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, and Kurt Kuenne’s Dear Zachary. However, the list we have, is perhaps the strongest one the Academy has revealed in the three years since they started unveiling this primer to the final five nominations. The list is:

“At the Death House Door”
“The Betrayal” (Nerakhoon)
“Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh”
“Encounters at the End of the World”
“The Garden”
“Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts”
“In a Dream”
“Made in America”
“Man on Wire”
“Pray the Devil Back to Hell”
“Standard Operating Procedure”
“They Killed Sister Dorothy”
“Trouble the Water”

Special pride for the three SXSW 2008 premieres on the list: At the Death House Door, In A Dream, and They Killed Sister Dorothy. Those last two were also the big doc prize-winners at SXSW this year. Congrats to everyone, and now we figure out who will make the final five.

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