The Oscar Shortlist Announced

So now the list is down to 15 films that compete for the nomination of the Oscar. Several online sources have published it, the guessing about the winner has started. The 3 films Filmkommentaren has reviewed, we have put first in the list:

First Cousin Once Removed,” Experiments in Time, Light & Motion


The Act of Killing,” Final Cut for Real



“Stories We Tell,” National Film Board of Canada

All three films were on the Best of 2012 Filmkommentaren List.

“The Armstrong Lie,” The Kennedy/Marshall Company


“Blackfish,” Our Turn Productions


“The Crash Reel,” KP Rides Again


“Cutie and the Boxer,” Ex Lion Tamer and Cine Mosaic


“Dirty Wars,” Civic Bakery

“God Loves Uganda,” Full Credit Productions


“Life According to Sam,” Fine Films


“Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer,” Roast Beef Productions


“The Square,” Noujaim Films and Maktube Productions


“Tim’s Vermeer,” High Delft Pictures


“20 Feet from Stardom,” Gil Friesen Productions and Tremolo Productions


“Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington,” Tripoli Street

We have copy-pasted from the list made by the Academy… no director names mentioned… The Academy will now bring the 15 down to five Oscar nominees, which will be named on January 16. The winning doc will be announced at the 2014 Academy Awards, which take place on March 2 in Los Angeles.

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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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