by David Friend
November 18, 2010, 4:43 PM
The feature film Restrepo, directed by Vanity Fair contributors Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, has been short-listed for a best-documentary Oscar, it was announced today by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Oscar finalists will be named in January; the Academy Awards ceremony will take place on February 27, 2011.
The movie, which won the Grand Jury Prize for documentaries at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, grew out of reporting done by Junger and Hetherington for Vanity Fair stories (in January and October of 2008) that focused on a contingent of American troops in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. The documentary has received critical acclaim for its verite style, its unflinching examination of a tight-knit group of soldiers in combat, and for its deliberately apolitical approach to the war.
Junger, the author of the best-selling book, War, first achieved prominence for his seminal work, The Perfect Storm. This month, Hetherington, the photographer and author of the new book, Infidel, wrote a Vanity Fair profile of Salvatore Giunta, who this week became the first living Medal of Honor winner since the Vietnam War. Hetherington also conducted an exclusive interview with Giunta for VF.com.
Restrepo will have its television premiere on the National Geographic Channel on November 29.