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Ten Contenders will compete for Best Documentary Short Subject

Folks, a short list has emerged for Academy Award nominating consideration. Yes, we have AMPAS announcing that they’ve pared down the list of films hoping to be nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject rather considerably. There were initially far more entries vying for one of the five available slots, but not it’s just down to ten. Obviously, only half will be among the final five receiving spots in the Oscar race, though that’s pretty good odds, all things considered. This can be a hard category to figure out as I’ve mentioned in prior years, but I can at least try and set the stage for you a bit now. It’s the least I can do, right? As always, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that this is one of the least seen categories at the Academy Awards, if not the absolute least seen.
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The Best Documentary Short Subject list is down to Ten contenders

Another day, another new list emerges to show us what titles are in contention for certain Academy Awards. Yes, today we have AMPAS announcing that they’ve pared down the list of films hoping to be nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject rather considerably. There were initially 74 entries vying for one of the five available slots, but not it’s just down to ten. Obviously, only half will be among the final five receiving spots in the Oscar race, though that’s pretty good odds, all things considered. This can be a hard category to figure out, but I can at least try and set the stage for you a bit now… It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that this is one of the least seen categories at the Academy Awards, if not the absolute least seen. Not only is it the red headed stepchild of the
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"Road to Perdition" (Plus: Posthumous Oscars)

75th Annual Oscars ~ 10th Anniversary Special

On this very day 10 years ago, one of only two posthumous Oscars for the past decade in film was handed out. It went to Conrad Hall for his lensing of Road to Perdition (the other was Heath Ledger's). So here's one from the vaults since we did a Hit Me With Your Best Shot on it just last year. If you click on these shots, deemed best by our 'hit me' club and arranged here in narrative order, you can read more about them and why they were chosen.

It's a strange symmetry that a film as funereal as Road to Perdition would be a member of the Posthumous Oscar wins club. Here's a list of all 13 of them:

 

Sidney Howard, Adapted Screenplay - Gone With the Wind (1939) William A Horning, Art Direction - Gigi (1958) William A Horning, Art Direction - Ben Hurt (1959) Sam Zimbalist,
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Autism speaks: ‘Assume we are competent’

Tracy Thresher, left, and Larry Bissonnette traveled the globe to discuss their personal struggles with autism

The Autism Society has been celebrating April as National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. It is a time for educating the public about the disorder and the issues that are foremost in the growing autism community. In December 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to one in every 110 births in the United States — and about one in 70 boys.

When Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher were youngsters, little was known about autism. Larry and countless others were institutionalized and treated as if they were mentally retarded. Upon watching Academy Award-winning producer-director Gerardine Wurzburg’s documentary “Wretches & Jabberers,” one quickly realizes nothing could be further from the truth. In partnership with the Autism Society, “Wretches & Jabberers” opens in April in AMC Theatres across 40 cities, with Thresher
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Autism speaks: ‘Assume we are competent’

Tracy Thresher, left, and Larry Bissonnette traveled the globe to discuss their personal struggles with autism

The Autism Society has been celebrating April as National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. It is a time for educating the public about the disorder and the issues that are foremost in the growing autism community. In December 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to one in every 110 births in the United States — and about one in 70 boys.

When Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher were youngsters, little was known about autism. Larry and countless others were institutionalized and treated as if they were mentally retarded. Upon watching Academy Award-winning producer-director Gerardine Wurzburg’s documentary “Wretches & Jabberers,” one quickly realizes nothing could be further from the truth. In partnership with the Autism Society, “Wretches & Jabberers” opens in April in AMC Theatres across 40 cities, with Thresher
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Autism Society Partners with Wurzburg's Wretches & Jabberers for National Autism Awareness Month

On Wretches & Jabberers, Oscar-winning documentary director Gerardine Wurzburg (short Educating Peter, 1993) is partnering with the Autism Society for its theatrical release in April, which is National Autism Awareness month. Distributor Area 23a is pairing screenings of the film, which follows Thresher and Bissonette on a quest to change perceptions and attitudes towards disabilities and intelligence, with panel discussions with autism advocates, the film's subjects (Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette), educators and family members. The trailer is after the jump: The film's soundtrack is available January 11; it features composer J. Ralph (The Cove, Man on Wire) in collaboration with Devendra Banhart, Vincent Gallo, Ben Harper, Scarlett Johansson, Norah Jones, Carly Simon and others. A portion of profits will go to the Autism Society.
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