UPDATE: Documentary Feature Shortlist & Predictions

Current Predictions (11-18-11):
Bill Cunningham New York
We Were Here
Project Nim

Best Documentary Notes: Well, looks like I was way, way off on my shortlist predictions. The fifteen in the running are below.

“Battle for Brooklyn” (RUMER Inc.)
“Bill Cunningham New York” (First Thought Films)
“Buck” (Cedar Creek Productions)
“Hell and Back Again” (Roast Beef Productions Limited)
“If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front” (Marshall Curry Productions, LLC)
“Jane’s Journey” (NEOS Film GmbH & Co. KG)
“The Loving Story” (Augusta Films)
“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” (@radical.media)
“Pina” (Neue Road Movies GmbH)
“Project Nim” (Red Box Films)
“Semper Fi: Always Faithful” (Tied to the Tracks Films, Inc.)
“Sing Your Song” (S2BN Belafonte Productions, LLC)
“Undefeated” (Spitfire Pictures)
“Under Fire: Journalists in Combat” (JUF Pictures, Inc.)
“We Were Here” (Weissman Projects, LLC)

It’s an absolute travesty that Steve James has been snubbed again in this category, this time for The Interrupters.

I’m happy to see Wim Wenders’ beautiful and creative dance elegy, Pina, included. I would love if this interesting take on dance and the entire non-fiction form, goes home with the prize.

The lack of Errol Morris’ Tabloid is only slightly a surprise, seeing as it really isn’t one of his stronger works.

I’m sensing that Project Nim and Pina are locks, as they both have a lot of steam and well-known directors behind them. Bill Cunningham has gotten much critical praise though it hardly made a dent in theaters. Buck will tug at the heart-strings of Hollywood and the subject himself will be well-known to many Academy voters, since he has often been in and around the movie world. He is, after all, the Horse Whisperer. The movie felt slight to me. Finally, We Were Here, has a ton of press and contains the kind of subject the voters love. I think that will get in.

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