Academy Reveals Doc Short List – ‘Cove’ In, ‘Capitalism’ Out

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In a somewhat surprising move, the Academy did not include Michael Moore’s latest documentary Capitalism: A Love Story on their documentary shortlist. Yesterday the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the 15 documentaries who have been passed on to the next level of nominations.

Despite Capitalism: A Love Story being liked by critics and doing well at the box office, it missed out on this critical step. Michael Moore has a rocky history with the Oscars. After winning the Best Documentary Feature award in 2002 for Bowling for Columbine, his speech became a tirade against George Bush and Moore was booed off the stage. It’s undeniable that politics do play into the Oscar nominations, but it’s not exactly clear if they have gotten over that little incident.

Other films that missed out and were met with some disappointment include Tyson and Anvil! The Story of Anvil. However, one film that did make the list and will be making a strong play for the Best Doc. Feature Oscar is the dolphin hunting film The Cove. The film has received almost unanimous praise and is already being credited with inciting social action in Japan to bring justice to the dolphins.

View the full list of nominees after the jump…

  • The Beaches of Agnes, Agnès Varda, director (Cine-Tamaris)
  • Burma VJ, Anders Østergaard, director (Magic Hour Films)
  • The Cove, Louie Psihoyos, director (Oceanic Preservation Society)
  • Every Little Step, James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo, directors (Endgame Entertainment)
  • Facing Ali, Pete McCormack, director (Network Films Inc.)
  • Food, Inc., Robert Kenner, director (Robert Kenner Films)
  • Garbage Dreams, Mai Iskander, director (Iskander Films, Inc.)
  • Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders,  Mark N. Hopkins, director (Red Floor Pictures LLC)
  • The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith, directors (Kovno Communications)
  • Mugabe and the White African, Andrew Thompson and Lucy Bailey, directors (Arturi Films Limited)
  • Sergio,  Greg Barker, director (Passion Pictures and Silverbridge Productions)
  • Soundtrack for a Revolution,  Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman, directors (Freedom Song Productions)
  • Under Our Skin, Andy Abrahams Wilson, director (Open Eye Pictures)
  • Valentino The Last Emperor,  Matt Tyrnauer, director (Acolyte Films)
  • Which Way Home, Rebecca Cammisa, director (Mr. Mudd)

[Source: Awards Daily]

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