Fifteen documentaries have accumulated enough points with the Academy’s selection committee to be considered semi-finalists, and Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man doesn’t make the cut? Uhhhm… it’s only one of the finest films of the year. I’m also a big fan of Michael Tucker’s Gunner Palace and that didn’t make it either, although Occupation: Dreamland, another U.S.-grunts-in-Iraq doc, did. The other fourteen finalists: After Innocence, The Boys of Baraka, Darwin’s Nightmare, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Favela Rising, Mad Hot Ballroom, March of the Penguins, Murderball, On Native Soil: The Documentary of the 9/11 Commission Report, Rize, Street Fight, 39 Pounds of Love and Unknown White Male. Another superb doc that didn’t get in because of a foreign-TV-airing mishegoss: Eugene Jarecki’s Why We Fight.