Hollywood Reporter award-season columnist Scott Feinberg has compiled a list of 15 documentaries that he feels are most likely to wind up on the Academy’s documentary branch “short-list,” from which the five Best Documentary Feature nominees will be chosen.
Feinberg’s 15 are (1) Jehane Noujaim‘s The Square, (2) Joshua Oppenheimer‘s The Act of Killing, (3) Zachary Heinzerling‘s Cutie and the Boxer, (4) Gabriela Cowperthwaite‘s Blackfish, (5) Penn Jillette and Teller‘s Tim’s Vermeer, (6) Morgan Neville‘s 20 Feet From Stardom, (7) Sarah Polley‘s Stories We Tell, (8) Tom Donahue‘s Casting By, (9) Claude Lanzman‘s The Last of the Unjust, (10) Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson‘s American Promise, (11) Jason Osder‘s Let the Fire Burn, (12) Jacob Kornbluth‘s Inequality for All, (13) Martha Shane and Lana Wilson‘s After Tiller, (14) James Toback and Alec Baldwin‘s Seduced and Abandoned and (15) Steve Hoover‘s Blood Brother.
I’ve only seen about half of these, but it would seem remiss if Tim’s Vermeer, 20 Feet From Stardom, Stories We Tell, Casting By and Inequality for All aren’t included on the short list. I’m presuming that The Square will probably be one of the five nominees which means that one of my faves will have to go.
I’m also a big fan of Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and Shane Bitney Crone‘s Bridegroom, which I caught at a special Academy screening a few weeks back.
And what about Greg “Freddy” Camalier‘s Muscle Shoals? A superb music-industry doc that really gets into the heart and soul of the matter. Southern roots and personalities, musical currents and legacies, career ups and downs.