The Best Documentary Feature Oscar is a total wild card because there are so many quality candidates each year and documentaries don’t receive enough mainstream coverage for a single film to emerge as the widely praised frontrunner. There are a number of different groups that give awards for Best Documentary Feature and they often don’t match up with each other, let alone the documentary branch of the Academy.
The latest Documentary group to weigh in is the International Documentary Association, which announced its annual nominations today. Among the nominees are many of the highest praised films of 2013 like The Act of Killing and Blackfish along with more low-profile players like The Square and Let the Fire Burn. Any of these films have a great chance of showing up on the Oscar ballot a few short months from now.
It was also announced that the ubiquitous Alex Gibney (We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, Taxi to the Dark Side) will receive a Career Achievement Award at this year’s IDA ceremony.
Check out the complete list of nominees below and share your thoughts in the comments!
2013 IDA Documentary
Best Feature Award
The Act of Killing, dir. Joshua Oppenheimer
Blackfish, dir. Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Let the Fire Burn, dir. Jason Osder
The Square, dir. Jehane Noujaim
Stories We Tell, dir. Sarah Polley
Best Short Award
The Education of Muhammad Hussein, dir. Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady
The Flogsta Roar, dir. Johan Palmgren
Nine to Ninety, dir. Alicia Dwyer
Slomo, dir. Josh Izenberg
Vultures of Tibet, dir. Russell O. Bush
For the rest of the awards visit the IDA website.
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