Being a doc-obsessed human being I was watching Academy Awards tonight to find out who won in the Documentary categories. (Well, and for the fashion, and the mindless entertainment value).
It was “The Cove” for Best Feature Doc. No surprise there. “The Cove” just broke new ground in its stylistic presentation and story structure. It was an action film documentary and it was so compelling and scary and amazing.
The surprise of the night came during the Best Short Doc. The winner was “Music by Prudence.” Nominees were Director Roger Ross Williams and Producer Elinor Burkett. The award was announced and gracefully Mr. Williams, the film’s director, begins his speech “I never dreamed, when I got on a plane to Zimbabwe…” and then in a Kanye-style bitch slap, suddenly was CUT OFF by the red-headed producer who hoists herself onstage and swan dives in front of the microphone. Dude, what?!
You can see the video at Mediaite
Rumors abound, some say that she and Williams had agreed earlier that he would give the speech, some say they raced each other for the stage. It sure appears there was some kind of personal issue between the two of them. But it might have worked out of the best. Whatever happened there’s probably more press about the Doc Short Film category due to Kanyeish controversy than anyone would have expected. I mean, when else would MTV blog about a doc that isn’t even about MTV?
See who Roger Ross Williams would have thanked if he had had the chance:
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Lehigh Valley gets some comments from Williams’ sister, who refers to Ms. Burkett as “Ms. Pain-in-the-Ass”
Nowpublic pulls in some of the twitteryammer about it.