Feature Documentary Shortlist for 2010 Oscars Announced

November 19th, 2010

Wall Street Journal

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Banksy, Potential Oscar Winner? Feature Documentary Shortlist for 2010 Oscars Announced

By WSJ Staff

The Academy has announced its short list of 15 films that will move forward in the Best Feature Documentary category. Given the strong year it’s been for docs, many of the nominees were shoo-ins, such as Charles Ferguson’s “Inside Job,” Davis Guggenheim’s “Waiting for Superman” and Tim Heatherington and Sebastian Junger’s “Resptrepo.” But as with all nominations, there’s always someone deserving who’s been left out, and for our money, we’re sad not to see “Piece of Work,” the surprisingly touching Joan River doc, included. But graffiti artist Banksy was recognized for “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” despite it’s questionable origins. And for the curious: Casey Affleck’s Joaquin Phoenix reality project “I’m Not Here” was not submitted for consideration in the category.

Here’s the full list:

* Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, Alex Gibney, director (ES Productions LLC)

* Enemies of the People, Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath, directors (Old Street Films)

* Exit through the Gift Shop, Banksy, director (Paranoid Pictures)

* Gasland, Josh Fox, director (Gasland Productions, LLC)

* Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould, Michele Hozer and Peter Raymont, directors (White Pine Pictures)

* Inside Job, Charles Ferguson, director (Representational Pictures)

* The Lottery, Madeleine Sackler, director (Great Curve Films)

* Precious Life, Shlomi Eldar, director (Origami Productions)

* Quest for Honor, Mary Ann Smothers Bruni, director (Smothers Bruni Productions)

* Restrepo, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, directors (Outpost Films)

* This Way of Life, Thomas Burstyn, director (Cloud South Films)

* The Tillman Story, Amir Bar-Lev, director (Passion Pictures/Axis Films)

* Waiting for ‘Superman’, Davis Guggenheim, director (Electric Kinney Films)

* Waste Land, Lucy Walker, director (Almega Projects)

* William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, directors (Disturbing the Universe LLC)