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A Look at Female-directed Documentaries at the Oscars

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

This year’s Oscar race could make history with two possible best picture nominees directed by women — Ava DuVernay’s Selma and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. If both women are nominated for best director, that would also be a historical moment. But though these accomplishments in the narrative field are possible, more women directors are breaking into the documentary categories. Four of the 15 shortlisted documentaries feature women at the helm: Jennifer Grausman (co-directed with Sam Cullman and Mark Becker) with Art and Craft, Tia Lessin (co-directed with Carl Deal) with Citizen Koch, Laura Poitras with Citizenfour and Rory Kennedy with Last Days in Vietnam. Additionally, three of the eight shortlisted documentary shorts feature female directors: Ellen Goosenberg Kent with Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, Aneta Kopacz with Joanna and Lucy Walker with The Lion’s Mouth Opens. More often than not, women directors tend to
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Which former Oscar winners were nominated for 2014 Emmys?

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Which former Oscar winners were nominated for 2014 Emmys?
This morning was like Christmas for TV and Emmy fanatics, and among the nominees this year, as usual, were a slew of former Oscar winners. In the acting categories this year, it was no surprise to see Matthew McConaughey chalked up for his work in HBO's "True Detective" just four months after completing a near run of the movie awards season table that culminated in a Best Actor Oscar win for "Dallas Buyers Club." Will HBO's decision to put the show in the drama series category rather than miniseries hold him back from an Emmy, given the potential bounty of goodwill for Bryan Cranston and the final season of "Breaking Bad?" We'll soon find out. Joining McConaughey in the category was "Usual Suspects" and "American Beauty" star Kevin Spacey, nominated a second-straight year for Netflix's "House of Cards. In the supporting actor ranks, Jon Voight, Oscar winner for 1978's "Coming Home,
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Gravity and 12 Years a Slave tie for PGA Award

For the first time ever, The Producers Guild of America announced a tie for its top prize, with both Gravity and 12 Years a Slave sharing the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the PGA Awards, which were presented at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles last night. The result blows open the race for the Best Picture Oscar, which previously had 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle as front-runners.

Check out a full list of winners here (highlighted in red)...

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Megan Ellison, Jon Gordon, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle

Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)

Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum

Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin

Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)

Producers: Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter

Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Producers: Alfonso Cuarón,
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Gravity and 12 Years a Slave Tie for Top Honors at 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards

Gravity and 12 Years a Slave Tie for Top Honors at 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards
The 25th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards were handed out last night, with Gravity and 12 Years a Slave tying for the guild's top honor, the The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for 'Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures'. Some guilds do not allow for ties to happen, and this is the first time in the PGA's history that it has happened for their biggest award.

Take a look at the rest of the big winners below, which were announced at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

- Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures) - Producers: Alfonso Cuar&#243n, David Heyman

- 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures) - Producers: Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt & Dede GardnerAmerican Hustle (Columbia Pictures) - Producers: Megan Ellison, Jon Gordon, Charles Roven, Richard SuckleBlue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics) - Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen
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12 Years A Slave and Gravity Tie At 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards – Winners

12 Years A Slave and Gravity have tied at this year’s PGA. With American Hustle taking the SAG ensemble on Saturday night, we have a bonafide Best Picture race on our hands folks! This is the first tie for the top film in Producers Guild Award history.

The PGA split keeps the Oscar race wide open in one of the tightest three-way battles in years, with “American Hustle” still in the game following a week of big showings at the Golden Globes, Oscar nominations and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Tonight the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced this year’s winning motion picture and television productions at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

David Heyman, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Dede Gardner, Alfonso Cuaron, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Producers Guild/AP Images)

In addition to the competitive awards,
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2014 PGA Awards: Winners and Nominees

2014 PGA Awards: Winners and Nominees
The 25th annual Producers Guild Awards will be held January 19 at the Beverly Hilton. Here is the list of winners and nominees, which will be updated as the results are announced during the show.

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

American Hustle” (Columbia Pictures); Producers: Megan Ellison, Jon Gordon, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle

Blue Jasmine” (Sony Pictures Classics); Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum

Captain Phillips” (Columbia Pictures); Producers: Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin

Dallas Buyers Club” (Focus Features); Producers: Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter

Gravity” (Warner Bros. Pictures) Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman Winner (Tie)

Her” (Warner Bros. Pictures); Producers: Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze, Vincent Landay

Nebraska” (Paramount Pictures); Producers: Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa

Saving Mr. Banks” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures); Producers: Ian Collie, Alison Owen, Philip Steuer

“12 Years A Slave” (Fox Searchlight Pictures); Producers: Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt
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Sam Berns, 17, Whose Life With Progeria Was the Subject of 'Life According to Sam,' Has Died

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Sam Berns, 17, Whose Life With Progeria Was the Subject of 'Life According to Sam,' Has Died
Sam Berns, the 17-year-old Massachusetts high school student whose life with the rare illness progeria was the subject of the documentary "Life According to Sam," died on Friday, The New York Times reports.Progeria is an extremely rare genetic disorder which results in rapid premature aging. On average, patients typically live until the age of 13. The film depicted Berns' experience with the disease and his parents efforts to find a cure.Directed by Academy Award winners Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, "Life According to Sam" played at festivals, including Sundance, and was broadcast on HBO in October. It is one of the 15 feature documentaries which have been shortlisted for an Academy Award."No matter what I choose to become, I believe that I can change the world," he said in his TEDx talk last year. "And as I’m striving to change the world, I will be happy."
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Progeria-Afflicted Teen Subject of 'Life According to Sam' Passes Away

At the 2013 Sundance Film Festval, the documentary Life According to Sam (shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary) highlighted Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome as it afflicted teenage boy Sam Berns and his medical doctor parents as they attempted to take all the right steps to research, test and implement a cure. For those who don't know, progeria is an extremely rare genetic condition (one in 8 million children get it) that accelerates the aging process in children from birth until their premature death around 13 years old. Sadly, THR reports the charming Sam passed away this past Friday at the age of 17. Sean Fine and Andrea Nix painted an educational and engaging portrait about Sam and progeria with their aforementioned documentary (available on Hbogo). A disease so rare needs champions like this so a cure can be found. As I type this, WordPress doesn't even regard progeria as a real word, so
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17-Year-Old 'Life According to Sam' Doc Subject Dies

Sam Berns, the charming and precocious 17-year-old subject of Sean Fine and Andrea Nix's Oscar-shortlisted documentary feature Life According to Sam -- which could score a best documentary feature Oscar nomination on Thursday morning -- died Friday at his home in Foxborough, Mass., it was announced over the weekend. The cause of his death was complications from Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, or progeria, an extremely rare genetic condition that accelerates the aging process in children starting at birth and generally leads to death around the age of 13. Sam's life with the disease and his parents' heroic race against

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The Producer's Guild of America announces the nominations for the 2014 PGA Awards

As the road to the Oscars continues, the Producer's Guild of America has announced the nominations for the 25th annual PGA Awards, with American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Saving Mr. Banks, 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street all vying for the top honour of the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.

Check out all the nominees for the awards here...

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Megan Ellison, Jon Gordon, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle

Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)

Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum

Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin

Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)

Producers: Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter

Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman

Her (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Producers: Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze,
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The Producers Guild Of America Unveils 2014 Nominees

Plenty of groups give out awards for excellence in film and television at the end of every year, but no set of nominations is watched more carefully by Oscar predictors than the picks from the Producers Guild. That’s because year after year their choices end up being a fairly good indicator of which films will also be granted Best Picture nominations when the Academy makes their selections.

The Guild has announced their 2014 nominations today and there aren’t really any major surprises here. All the expected films are present, including 12 Years A Slave, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Her and The Wolf Of Wall Street. Animated films that nabbed nominations are The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Epic, Frozen and Monsters University. Included in the documentary nominations are A Place at the Table, Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story, Life According to Sam, We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks
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Producers Guild Reveals Nominees, "Inside Llewyn Davis" and Weinstein Ignored!

The Producers Guild of America has announced the nominees for the 25th annual PGA Awards. In the movie category, the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" and the awards hopefuls from the Weinstein Company were ignored -- no "August: Osage County," "Fruitvale Station" (darn!), "Philomena" (another darn), "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," and "Lee Daniels' The Butler." Sorry Harvey and Bob Weinstein!

We'll find out the winners on Jan. 19. Here's the complete list of nominees of the 25th Annual PGA Awards (including TV categories):

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Megan Ellison, Jon Gordon, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle

Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)

Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum

Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin

Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)

Producers: Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter

Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman

Her (Warner Bros.
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25th Annual Producers Guild Awards Nominations

25th Annual Producers Guild Awards Nominations
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the motion picture and long-form television nominations for the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The categories include: The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures; The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures; and The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television. The documentary film category and other television category nominations were already announced by the Guild in late 2013.

All 2014 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on January 19th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. This year, the Producers Guild will also present special honors to Barbara Broccoli & Michael G. Wilson (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Robert Iger (Milestone Award), Peter Jackson & Joe Letteri (Vanguard Award), Chuck Lorre (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Chris Meledandri (Visionary Award) and Fruitvale Station (Stanley Kramer Award).

The Producers Guild Awards Co-Chairs are Lori McCreary (Invictus,
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Producers Guild nominations: Who was left out?

The Producers Guild of America has accurately forecast the last six Best Picture Oscar winners, so it was good news for 10 films that were nominated today for the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award. While Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, and American Hustle were among the films that made the cut, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Butler, and Fruitvale Station did not. Last year, eight of the 10 movies that received nods from the PGA went on to earn Oscar nominations for Best Picture.

Fruitvale will go home with a special award when the hardware is handed out on Jan. 19. The movie from
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Producers Guild Taps Top 10 Movies for Zanuck Award

Opting for a mix of specialty and studio titles, the Producers Guild of America has selected “12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle,” “Blue Jasmine,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” as nominees for its Darryl F. Zanuck award.

Megan Ellison, who produces through her Annapurna Pictures banner, was the only producer among the 28 nominees to receive two nominations — one for David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” and another for Spike Jonze’s “Her.”

The winner will be announced Jan. 19 at PGA’s 25th anniversary awards show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel following voting by the PGA’s 6,000 members. The guild decided in 2011 to stick to 10 nominees for its top feature award rather than follow the revised voting procedures of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences under which five to 10 titles can be selected.

Fruitvale Station” and “Inside Llewyn Davis
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Producers Guild’s Documentary Nominees Include ‘We Steal Secrets,’ ‘Life According to Sam’

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Producers Guild’s Documentary Nominees Include ‘We Steal Secrets,’ ‘Life According to Sam’
Alex Gibney’s “We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks” and Sean Fine’s and Andrea Nix Fine’s “Life According to Sam” are among the nominees for the Producers Guild of America’s 2014 award for documentaries, the PGA announced on Tuesday. The other nominees are “A Place at the Table,” “Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story” and “Which Way Is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington.” None of the nominated films were nominated for the top award by the International Documentary Association or the Cinema Eye Honors, the two most prestigious groups that honor.
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They Can’t Handle the Truth! Oscar Voters Overwhelmed by Glut of 149 Docs

In an effort to make the documentary feature category more democratic, the Academy’s nonfiction branch changed its qualifying rules last year. A review in the New York Times or Los Angeles Times for a doc to register as eligible was intended to narrow the number of qualifying pics and validate a doc’s theatrical bonafides. For the second year in a row, the rules failed to accomplish either.

Instead, a record-breaking 149 docs are eligible this year. That’s up 23 from last year and 87 from a decade ago.

Despite the closure of the Intl. Documentary Assn.’s DocuWeeks, which former branch governor Michael Moore criticized as an outlet to “buy eligibility,” more filmmakers than ever before are spending their own money (thousands of dollars) for qualifying weeklong runs in New York and L.A. (In its 16-year run, DocuWeeks qualified 30 Oscar nominees and seven winning documentaries.)

Another rule change initiated
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Here They Are, All 151 Oscar-Qualifying Documentaries (Exclusive)

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Here They Are, All 151 Oscar-Qualifying Documentaries (Exclusive)
Which is better, “The United States of Autism” or “The United States of Football?” Which musicians were the subject of the best documentary — background singers, a white rhythm section from Alabama, a Russian punk band, a legendary songwriter from Brooklyn or a Filipino Journey fan who became the band’s lead singer? And which Oscar winners deserve another trip to the podium — Alex Gibney, Jonathan Demme, Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine or Roger Ross Williams? Those are some of the questions raised by the formidable list of 151 documentaries that qualified for the Oscar in the Best Documentary Feature category.
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Eight documentary shorts make Academy's Oscar shortlist

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The Academy has announced this year's field of contending documentary short subject films for the 86th annual Academy Awards. The crop has been trimmed down to eight, from which five nominees will be chosen. Voters from the Academy's documentary branch viewed the 40 eligible entries and submitted their ballots for tabulation. Last year's winner in the category was Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine's "Inocente." Previous winners have included "Saving Face" in 2011, "Strangers No More" in 2010 and "Music by Prudence" in 2009. (I always over-think it and get the category wrong. Sigh.) The eight remaining 2013 titles are listed below...
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jennifer Lopez Among 276 New Academy Members for 2013

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its 276-member-strong class of 2013.

The list, published by The Hollywood Reporter, includes actors, cinematographers, designers, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, makeup artists and hairstylists, "members-at-large," musicians, producers, PR folks, short filmmakers and animators, sound technicians, visual effects artists, and writers.

Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Mortimer, Sandra Oh, Jason Schwartzman, and Michael Peña are among the roster of actors, while "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids" helmer Paul Feig made the directors' cut.

"We did not change our criteria at all," says Academy president Hawk Koch of this year's larger-than-usual class. "Yes, this year there is a tremendous amount of women, a tremendous amount of people of color, people from all walks of life. This year, we asked the branches to look at everybody who wasn't in the Academy but who deserved to be.
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