Time for the latest news for next year's Academy Awards. Earlier this week, AMPAS announced the 159 films submitted for the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. The list of submitted films can be found at the Academy's official website here. Obviously, I've only seen a fair few of the movies so far, but there's still … Continue reading The First Step Up the Mountain – Documentary Feature Submissions Announced
This year the Academy has been all about pleasing the audience, for better or worse. On the plus side, more crowd favorites are up for major awards, including Black Panther and Bohemian Rhapsody, which makes the ceremony more accessible to the audience at large, even if it's something of a stopgap measure to stave off the possibility … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2019 – Documentary Feature
Well folks, I finally did it. As of Monday I have completed the Documentary Feature shortlist. No matter which five films are nominated next Tuesday, I will have seen and processed them. It turns out that the reason I could see them all was through an Academy program called "Oscars Spotlight: Documentaries." It's a new … Continue reading Back Row Thoughts – Achievement Unlocked!
At last check, I had seen seven of the 15 shortlisted films in the Oscar Documentary Feature category. The goal for the last few years has been to see all of them before the nominees were announced, thereby saving myself one more group during the annual blitz. A couple years ago I saw all but … Continue reading Back Row Thoughts – Continuing Documentation
There are 15 films that have been shortlisted for the Documentary Feature Oscar. When the list was announced, I had seen a grand total of three. I have endeavored each of the last two years to see all 15 potential nominees before they're announced at the end of January, as it tends to be a … Continue reading Back Row Thoughts – The To-Doc List
For the first time ever, the Academy has revealed the shortlists for nine different categories all at the same time. Typically, this process is doled out over a few weeks to give each category a moment in the spotlight, but for our purposes, it's way more convenient. As ever, I will link to whatever reviews … Continue reading Short and Sweet: 91st Academy Awards Shortlists Announced!
Today is Veterans' Day (or Remembrance/Armistice Day if you're not in the U.S.), otherwise known as 11/11 (make a wish!). And you may think it's waaaaaaay too early for coverage of next year's Academy Awards. And you would be right. But I don't care. It's never too early to get started on the Blitz! If … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2019 – First Submissions Announced!
I'll warn you in advance. This is gonna be a long one. This is one of the few categories that normally can't be completed before nominations are announced. This is in part because access to documentaries can be extremely limited, especially if you're trying to see them in theatres. You need an indie or arthouse … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2018 – Documentary Feature