The Lessons of Oscar's Doc Shortlist

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The Lessons of Oscar's Doc Shortlist
By Steve Pond

The first of three rounds in the documentary feature judging has been completed, and in narrowing the contenders to 15, the Academy’s documentary screening committees have kicked a few big names out of the race.

Goodbye, Michael Moore. It’s a Tko, Mike Tyson. You won’t be winning a second Oscar this year, Davis Guggenheim. Your fairy-tale story isn’t getting this particular happy ending, Anvil.

The documentary committee is no stranger to controversy (remember “Hoop Dreams”?), but this year’s omissions aren’t going to stir up a...
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