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Oscar 2020 - Did The Academy Get Its Documentary Nominations Right?

The nominations for this year’s Academy Awards were - as they often are - problematic. Many categories featured the obligatory “snubs” and “surprises” and were criticised for lacking diversity. 

 

However, as the dust settles on those nomination disappointments, a silver lining appears. For better or worse, the Oscars get us talking about film - and, as I think we can all agree, that has to be a good thing. 

 

Once again, the nominations for Best Documentary Feature and Best Documentary Short Subject have bucked the trend favouring white male recognition. For example, four out of the five films nominated for best documentary feature were directed or co-directed by women.

 

Before we take a closer look at this year’s nominees, a small complaint. While the Best Picture category features nine movies, the Best Documentary Feature category only recognises five films.

 

No fair. 

 

I wish that there were nine slots available in Best Documentary Feature. My extra four films would be: Hail Satan?, Apollo 11, Maiden and One Child Nation.

 

That being noted, let’s look at the Academy Award nominations for Best Documentary Feature:

 

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Ask Dr. Ruth

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The 2020 Bafta Documentary Nominees

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My 7 Favourite Docs Of The Decade

I don’t know about you but the end of a decade fills me with existential dread. Where did the time go? What have I achieved? What does the future hold…

 

Thankfully, I experience no dread when I look back over the past ten years of documentary film. Here are my 7 favourite films of the decade!

 

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My 7 Favourite Documentaries Of 2019

At this time every year, the internet goes mad for lists… everywhere you look you see the top 20 this or the top 10 that. It's exhausting!

 

While I hate to add to the list mania, I would like to share my favourite 7 documentaries that were released in the UK in 2019. 

 

My reasons are pure, I promise.

 

I do not claim that these films are the “best” - I am far from qualified to make such absolute judgements. However, I would like to bring these films (listed in no particular order) to your attention… they are all well worth your time.

 

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Oscar 2020 - The Documentary Short List

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One Child Nation

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Oscar 2020: Who Will Win Best Documentary?

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The Edge Of Democracy

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7 Of The Best Docs On Amazon Prime

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The Biggest Little Farm

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IDA Awards - The Documentary Shorts

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Apollo 11

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International Documentary Association Awards - The Nominees

Celebrating this year's best nonfiction films and programmes, the International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards take place on 7th December.

 

IDA received 785 submissions this year - including 375 documentary features, 153 documentary shorts, 124 documentary series, 89 student films, 48 music documentaries and 44 podcasts. 

 

The ten nominees for best feature were announced on 23rd October. The list of films is impressive - ranging from a legendary moon landing to a portrait of the last female wild beekeeper in Europe.

 

Each one would make a worthy winner, each one is more than worth your time.

 

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Honeyland

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7 Documentaries That Tell Unbelievable But True Stories

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Tell Me Who I Am

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7 Tough But Important Documentaries

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For Sama

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Mosul

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Music & Tragedy: 7 Heartbreaking Documentaries

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Mystify: Michael Hutchence

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Hope Frozen

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7 Must-Watch Documentaries From the 2019 BFI London Film Festival

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7 Documentaries About Powerful Women

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Maiden

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The Art Of The Con - 7 Documentaries Dealing In Deception

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The Imposter

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7 Documentaries That Tell Deeply Personal Stories

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Evelyn

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7 Powerful Documentaries About Female Musicians

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Amazing Grace

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7 Powerful Docs That Raised Awareness

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Hail Satan?

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7 Stunning Documentaries Directed By Women

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American Factory

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The Documentaries To Watch At The 2019 BFI London Film Festival

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Stories We Tell

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7 Stunning Documentaries On Netflix

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Won't You Be My Neighbor?

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The Witness

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Chasing Coral

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Chasing Ice

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Before The flood

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An Inconvenient Truth & An Inconvenient Sequel

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McCullin

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Armadillo

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They Shall Not Grow Old

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Blackfish

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Unrest

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Restrepo

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CitizenFour

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Gasland

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Inside Job

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The Thin Blue Line

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Dear Zachary

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West Of Memphis

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The Central Park Five

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Murder On A Sunday Morning

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Capturing The Friedmans

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Brother's Keeper

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Hitchcock/Truffaut

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Hearts Of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse

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De Palma

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They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead

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Filmworker

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American Movie

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Burden Of Dreams

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K2: Siren Of The Himalayas

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Sherpa

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Meru

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Touching The Void

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Valley Uprising

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The Dawn Wall

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Free Solo

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