Oscar Shortlisted Documentaries

… were announced three days ago. 15 films that later will be taken down to 5 nominations that are made by January 10. 126 films qualified to be considered. Have chosen to take text clips from Variety to mention the titles in question plus inform about the new selection process implemented by governor, as he is called, Michael Moore.

The films: Alison Klayman’S “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” Lee Hirsch’s “Bully,” Jeff Orlowski’s “Chasing Ice,” Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s “Detropia”, Rory Kennedy’s “Ethel”, Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi’s “5 Broken Cameras” (photo), Dror Moreh’s “The Gatekeepers,” Eugene Jarecki’s “The House I Live In,” David France’s “How To Survive a Plague”, Bart Layton’s “The Imposter”, Kirby Dick’s “The Invisible War,” Alex Gibney’s “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God,” Malik Bendjelloul’s “Searching for Sugar Man,” Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and Jafar Panahi’s “This Is Not a Film” and Peter Nicks’ “The Waiting Room”.

Variety: ”This year’s process, which involved narrowing a record 126 official submissions to the 15 semifinalists, came with controversy over rules changes that solved some problems while creating others.

Most notably, instead of using committees, each person in the 160-member documentary branch (of the Academy) weighed in on the selections, a method that was theoretically more fair and more likely to keep worthy selections from being ignored, but inevitably tested voters’ abilities to see every project in consideration.

Academy governor Michael Moore, who helped instigate the changes, later expressed public regret over the mountain of entries. The Academy later revealed that each branch member was assigned 10 movies that they were to guarantee watching, to make sure every film project had some audience.”

“On Twitter following the announcement, Moore called today’s shortlisted docs “a strong and incredible group of films”.”

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118063018/

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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