20 November 2009 2:07 PM, PST | EW.com - The Movie Critics | See recent EW.com - The Movie Critics news »

The 15-film "short list" for this year's Best Documentary competition in the Academy Awards has provoked more than the usual shock and outrage, and for good reason. Every year, there's a certain level of white-noise griping about Oscar "snubs." This year's list, though, isn't just lackluster -- there's something fundamentally off about it. It's almost perverse. Compiled by a star chamber of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voters (it's not specified how many of the 151 documentary branch members actually watch the films and produce the final roster), the list omits far too many of the documentaries -- like, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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