The Oscar competiton for Best Documentary Feature switched to a two-tier process this year. The five official nominees will be announced in January as usual, but the Academy’s documentary branch announced a short list of fifteen contenders this week, narrowed from 126 submissions.
Among the films missing the short list is West of Memphis, the documentary produced by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Amy Berg, Lorri Davis, Damien Echols et al (in theaters Christmas Day).
Not surprisingly, the WM3 murder groupie nation is outraged over this “snub”.
Myself, I’m pleasantly surprised.
The only film on the short list I’ve seen is The House I Live In, which is excellent.