Oscar List — People !!!!

Here it is – the list of nominations for the Oscars.  I don’t think any of the nominations are a surprise.  What do you think?

The nominations for the 83rd annual Academy Awards were announced at 8:30 EST, live from the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Los Angeles.

Nominees for the best documentary feature include:

Exit through the Gift Shop, directed by Banksy (Paranoid Pictures)

Gasland, directed by Josh Fox (Gasland Productions, LLC)

Inside Job, directed by Charles Ferguson (Representational Pictures)

Restrepo, directed by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger (Outpost Films)

Waste Land, directed by Lucy Walker (Almega Projects)

Among the notable “snubs” from the shortlist: Waiting for “Superman“, The Tillman Story, Precious Life and Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer.

Nominees for best documentary short include:

Killing in the Name (Nominees to be determined), A Moxie Firecracker Films Production

Poster Girl (Nominees to be determined), A Portrayal Films Production

Strangers No More, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon, A Simon & Goodman Picture Company Production

Sun Come Up, Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzge,r A Sun Come Up Production

The Warriors of Qiugang, Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon, A Thomas Lennon Films Production

Who Said There’s No Money in Documentary?

The numbers are in. A handful of documentaries made over 1 million in box office sales this year.

  • Jackass 3D – Distributor: Paramount – Release date: October 13, 2010 – Box Office: $116,896,922
  • Oceans – Distributor: Disneynature – Release date: April 22,2010 – Box Office: $19,422,319
  • Babies – Distributor: Focus Features Release date: May 07, 2010 – Box Office: $7,320,323
  • Waiting For ‘Superman’ – Distributor: Paramount -Release date: Septeber 24,2010 – Box Office: $6,415,448
  • Exit Through The Gift Shop – Distributor: PDA – Release date: April 16, 2010 – Box Office: $3,291,250
  • Catfish – Distributor: Relativity – Release date: September 17, 2010 – Box Office: $3,237,343
  • Inside Job – Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics – Release date: October 8, 2010 – Box Office: $3,311,773
  • Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work – Distributor: IFC – Release date: June 11, 2010 – Box Office: $2,930,687
  • Restrepo – Distributor: National Geographic – Release date: June 23, 2010 – Box Office: $1,330,894


Runner up with a decent profit :

  • The Tillman Story – Distributor: Weinstein Co. – Release date: August 20, 2010 – Box Office: $802,535


And just because you are all curious about Winnebago Man…. a few more.

  • The Art of The Steal – Distributor: IFC – Release date: February 26, 2010 – Box Office: $544,890
  • The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers – Distributor: First Run – Release date: January 29, 2010 – Box Office: $453,650
  • A Film Unfinished – Distributor: Oscilloscope – Release date: August 18,2010 – Box Office: $320,486
  • Last Train Home – Distributor: Zeitgeist/Kinosmith – Release date: September 03, 2010 – Box Office: $285,848
  • Countdown to Zero – Distributor: Magnolia – Release date: July 23, 2010 – Box Office: $272,040
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child – Distributor: ArtH – Release date: July 21, 2010 – Box Office: $256,242
  • Sweetgrass – Distributor: Cinema Guild – Release date: January 6, 2010 – Box Office: $206,728
  • South Of The Border – Distributor: Studio Libre – Release date: June 25, 2010 – Box Office: $199,000
  • Winnebago – Distributor: Kino – Release date: July 9,2010 – Box Office: $181,039
  • Casino Jack and the United States of Money – Distributor: Magnolia – Release date: May 7, 2010 – Box Office: $176,865



The Oscar’s ‘Kanye moment’

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:

More blogs about here:

Salon.com got the behind the scenes story. – Wow.

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.


Now is your chance to catch up on all the Oscar Nominated Documentaries for FREE!  Did I mention the shows are free?  The National Archives is going to show 82nd Academy Award Nominated Films from March 3-7, 2010.

Highlight ? THE SHORTS: Documentary Short Subject Nominees, Sunday, March 7, noon

China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
Music by Prudence
Rabbit à la Berlin

Total Running Time: 199 minutes (with a brief intermission).

Details: Seating for all screenings will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations will be accepted. Free tickets will be distributed at the National Archives Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue beginning 60 minutes prior to the start time. You must be present to receive a ticket. Theater doors will open 30 minutes prior to start time. The saving of seats is strictly prohibited.

The William G. McGowan Theater is located in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Metro accessible on Yellow or Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. The public should use the Special Event entrance on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. To verify the date and times of the programs, call the National Archives Public Programs Line at: (202) 357-5000.

For more information:  http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2010/nr10-58.html

5 out of 5 Cheers!


Doc News >>> Feature Doc Oscar Nominations

FYI for the documentary crowd : The Academy has announced this years nominees for the “Best Feature Doc” for the 82nd Annual Oscars.


The list includes The Cove, Burma VJ, and Food,Inc.  All docs that I wanted to see but haven’t yet…..

I guess it is no surprise by Doc&aDrink’s lack of “5 out of 5 Cheers” we have not seen any of the nominees.  That’s Right – not one!  I guess we have a lot of viewing to do …… stay tuned.


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