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Why Not a Documentary for Best Picture?

4 October 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” follow- up, “13th,” opened the New York Film Festival on Sept. 30 and immediately situated itself as one of the year’s best films. Why, then, is it a foregone conclusion that we won’t be talking about it in terms of best picture?

No documentary has ever received a nomination for Hollywood’s top prize, despite true landmarks of the form — like “Shoah” and “Hoop Dreams” (the latter controversially snubbed in the doc category as well) — making strong cases.

In 2013 and 2015, a pair of documentaries by Joshua Oppenheimer — “The Act of Killing” and “The Look of Silence” — topped many critical assessments of the years’ best cinema, but nobody expected noms for best picture. In 2005, “March of the Penguins” became a cultural event that did bang-up box office, but it couldn’t break out of the documentary feature category at the Oscars.

And talk about cultural events: A year earlier, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Beyond Fright: Shannon’s 4 Non-Horror (and 1 Horror) Films To Make You Lose Your Faith In Humanity

22 June 2016 5:07 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

When it comes to horror movies, there are so many sub-genres: slasher flicks, creature features, supernatural and more. However, there are always those few films that transcend the horror genre and nestle themselves into a special niche category. That category is one where we watch a film and as the credits roll we promise ourselves that we will never watch that film again. Not because it’s bad per say but because it’s made us lose faith in humanity and the thought of watching it again is too much bear. To save you the trouble of watching these films, I’ve listed the five films that completely shattered my image of human nature. Watch at your own risk, unless you enjoy suffering that is. -Shannon

*Editor’s note – While some of these films might not “technically” fall into the horror genre per se’, they do a hell of a job adding to this article! »

- Jerry Smith

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