IDA Nominations and Oscar Best Documentary 2011 Predictions

The International Documentary Association announced their nominees for the 2010 Awards last week to recognize the best in feature length and short subject documentary films. Among the list of contending documentaries include several potential contenders for the 2010 Best Documentary Feature Oscar. This precursor gives us the first indications as to what the notoriously difficult to predict category might look like when Oscar nominations are announced in January.

The problem is that the IDA awards are traditionally not a good forecaster for the Oscars. In 2009, only Food, Inc. received an IDA nomination for Best Feature Documentary and went on to receive an Oscar nomination. In 2008, only Man on Wire received an IDA nomination and an Oscar nomination, but it did manage to win both awards. In 2007, however, there were three films that received nominations from the IDA and went on to receive Oscar nominations – Sicko, Taxi to the Dark Side, and Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience.

2010 looks like it might more closely resemble 2008-09 than 2007 with the nominations consisting of several films that were not major factors on this year’s radar. Banksy’s highly praised pseudo-documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop has the best chance of doubling up nominations between the two Awards bodies with its IDA nomination likely to be the first in a string of end of season Awards. Other nominees include Laura Poitras’ post-9/11 terrorist film The Oath, Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen’s Finnish entry for the Foreign Film Oscar Steam of Life, Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s nature/shepherding documentary Sweetgrass, and Lucy Walker’s contemplation on art Waste Land.

Notably absent from the list are the political/war documentaries that always seem to find away onto Oscar’s landscape. Inside Job, Client 9: The Rise of Eliot Spitzer, Restrepo, and The Tillman Story are notable examples of films that the IDA did not recognize, but are not likely to disappear. One absence that was not particularly surprising was Davis Guggenheim’s Waiting for Superman. The IDA voters do not typically go for mainstream fare as evident in their ignoring Guggenheim’s commercially successful 2006 film An Inconvenient Truth.

The  nominations for the 2010 International Documentary Association Award for Best Feature are below:

2010 IDA Nominations for Best Documentary Feature

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP
Director: Banksy
Producer: Jaimie D’Cruz
Executive Producers: Holly Cushing, James Gay-Rees
Paranoid Pictures, Cinetic Media, A-Film Distribution, Alamode Film, Avalon Distribución Audiovisual, Mongrel Media, Producers Distribution Agency, Revolver Entertainment, Madman Entertainment

THE OATH
Director: Laura Poitras
Producers: Laura Poitras
Co-Producer: Nasser Arrabyee, Aliza Kaplan, Jonathan Oppenheim
Associate Producer: Robert Hatch-Miller, Katy Scoggin, Pandora Zolotor
ITVS, POV/American Documentary, Praxis Films, Zeitgeist Films

STEAM OF LIFE
Directors: Joonas Berghäll, Mika Hotakainen
Producer: Joonas Berghäll
Associate Producers: Adel Kjellström, Petri Rossi
Oktober, Nordisk Film Theatrical Distribution

SWEETGRASS
Directors: Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Producers: Ilisa Barbash
Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab, Cinema Guild

WASTE LAND
Director/Writer: Lucy Walker
Producers: Angus Aynsley, Hank Levine
Executive Producers: Jackie De Botton, Miel De Botton, Fernando Meirelles, Emillia Mello
Almega Projects, O2 Filmes, E1 Films Canada, Arthouse Films

Best Documentary Predictions

The announcement of the IDA awards had little bearing on my predictions for Best Documentary Feature. I am predicting that economic downfall documentary Inside Job is the frontrunner for the nomination at this point in the race. It currently has a score of 87 on Metacritic and it has had excellent success at Film Festivals throughout the year.

Check out the complete predictions for Best Documentary Feature and share your thoughts!

[Source: IDA Website | Images: OutNow!]

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  • Angel E.

    I’ve only seen Exit Thru The Gift Shop. Ive heard that its all fake, which I hope it is.
    Mr Brainwash was really annoying. He just took something that was good in street art, and publicized it into something with no meaning.

    Banksy rules all…

  • Andrew R.

    If Exit Through the Gift Shop wins (unlikely), we might be able to determine Banksy’s real identity.

  • I saw Exit Through the Gift Shop and i didn’t love it, i wouldn’t nominate it in the Oscars but i’m no documentary expert either.

  • briget

    Although I saw Giftshop, Sundance was correct in giving Josh Fox best Documentary for Gasland. A movie that affects all of us and should be seen by everyone around the world. It shows you how this industry is taking control of America and the extent of Corporate America making all of us sick with corrupt politicians and polluting the hell out of our environment. We need more movies like Gasland.

  • Lucy

    How could the IDA not nominate GASLAND?? This is the scariest (and most infuriating) movie I’ve ever seen. Even though the IDA didn’t have the sense to put GASLAND up for nomination, I’m sure the Academy will put things to right and vote this truly riveting film as Best Documentary, hands down.

  • Tiffany

    Wasteland in my opinion might beat out Inside job. I was able to make it to one of the few showings, and it was a film that left you feeling inspired without feeling the smugness of the main subject. I don’t use metacritic for my reviews, but I use the more sarcastic, witty Rotten Tomatoes site, and it actually rated Wasteland at a 100% and I can’t say any of the other nominees received the same rating, though they were neck and neck in the end.

    While I haven’t seen Exit through the Gift Shop about Banksy, if it were to win it would be though complete youth popularity for the countless Banksy pictures, and picture books that litter young emo teens bedrooms. To be honest, I support Banksy, but I would be disapointed if his documentary were to beat out Wasteland’s sincere, joyful spirit.

  • I saw Giftshop, Sundance was correct in giving Josh Fox best Documentary for Gasland. A movie that affects all of us and should be seen by everyone around the world. It shows you how this industry is taking control of America and the extent of Corporate America making all of us sick with corrupt politicians and polluting the hell out of our environment. We need more movies like Gasland.

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