When making Oscar predictions, I’ve learned to never underestimate the Holocaust movie. When in doubt with those pesky documentary short subjects, pick the one about the Holocaust. It sounds crass, and it’s an eye-rolling industry truism, but if you chose “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
” in 2014, you were right. Out of seven nominated Holocaust feature documentaries, six won the Oscar.
The Holocaust is a heart-rending and complicated subject. There have been many other genocides in history, of course; Oscar-winner “The Killing
Fields” addressed Cambodia, and other films have examined Armenia, Rwanda, Indonesia, and Bosnia. Still, that’s nothing compared to the hundreds of movies that have addressed how Adolf Hitler
and his Nazis exterminated 6 million Jews during World War II.
This year is no exception. Well-intentioned court procedural “Denial
” (Bleecker Street), starring Rachel Weisz
as an American academic on trial in Britain for defaming