For most people, the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject is best known as the hardest category to predict in Oscar pools. But for documentary filmmakers, it is much more, functioning not only as a crucial career stepping-stone but also as a career-sustaining achievement, allowing veteran directors to stay active, relevant, and present new material. For these reasons, the films nominated for best short doc merit more attention than cursory Oscar-night handicapping.
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Jim and James try to break the F-bomb record.
“There was a fundamental paradigm shift that happened. Being a witness to that, as filmmakers, we had a responsibility to capture this and share it.”: Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer talk about their Academy Award-nominated documentary The Square in this SundanceNOW exclusive interview.
This year’s new rules for the Academy Award for Best Documentary will drastically change the voting process, favoring more recognizable and popular titles. During the process of whittling down this year’s 149 eligible docs to the final five nominees, time-stressed documentary branch members may only watch and therefore nominate the most recognizable of titles. As HBO’s Sheila Nevins told Variety, “The underdog is not going to make any noise. Only the ones that are most known will be seen.”
Jim and James swapping Oscar picks: What could go wrong with that?
Thanks to one of the strongest documentary shortlists in years, a number of worthy contenders will be vying for the film industry’s most prestigious prize. But looking over the select 15, is there a frontrunner? A dark horse? Although there’s no Nate Silver or early prediction markets to help handicap this year’s Best Documentary competition, Docutopia is here to break down this year’s entries and divine their odds of victory.