Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris
has “run afoul” of the film Academy before, he jokes. After all, his unconventional 1988 cinematic investigation “The Thin Blue Line
” apparently violated unspoken dogma within the documentary community that year, yielding one of the most egregious snubs in Oscar history.
Nevertheless, he’s ready to test the organization’s boundaries once again this year, and he’s found an apt partner in a trailblazing platform that’s no stranger to upsetting industry status quo.
Netflix will release Morris’ “Wormwood
” as a four-hour, six-part event on the streaming site on Dec. 15. But following the series’ world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival in September, the director has prepared a non-episodic theatrical version with a single intermission, Variety has learned. Netflix plans to submit that version to the film Academy, and not only for documentary feature consideration, but for all other categories as well.
That in and of itself is not uncommon. But what makes