So the Best Doc category shortlist came out and we are sad to announce that The Academy wasn’t badass enough to include our film. Maybe the soundtrack scared them off (what’s this… David Bowie? Sigur Ros? The Pixies? Sniff…) or maybe they couldn’t handle the fact that we didn’t include an interview with an environmentalist — we don’t know. Other great and notable docs that were not shortlisted include the amazing ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL by our friend Sacha Gervasi, CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY by Michael Moore and TYSON, by James Toback. Some awards-watchers are getting our back and taking public note of the oversight. Check it out:
New York Times
The Oscar Race for Documentaries: Who Got Snubbed?
“Among the documentaries whose Oscars dreams ended on Wednesday were some well-regarded and widely discussed films, including… WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, a film by Ondi Timoner about the fallen dot-com millionaire Josh Harris and his increasing obsession with issues of surveillance and privacy.”
15 Docs on Oscar shortlist
“The year’s highest-grossing docu, Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story,” which opened Sept. 23, in time for the Academy’s Sept. 30 cutoff date, did not make the list. Other high-profile docs absent from the list include ‘The September Issue,’ ‘Tyson,’ ‘Anvil! The Story of Anvil,’ ‘It Might Get Loud’ and ‘We Live in Public.’”
15 Documentaries on Oscar Short-List; ANVIL!, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC and CAPITALISM Not Among Them
“While there are some deserved, if unsurprising, inclusions such as Food Inc. and The Cove, what’s more interesting are the films that didn’t make the cut. I’m upset about the We Live in Public, which won the Grand Jury Prize award in the U.S. documentary category at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. ”
Anvil! The Story of Anvil Among Academy Award Documentary Snubs
“…Considering the kinds of docs typically recognized by the Academy Awards, it’s easy to see why people might be turned off from the genre. Year after year, they seem to place higher value on “important” subjects, rather than deft storytelling and artistic merit… there are all kinds of other critically acclaimed films that were shunned including: We Live in Public”
9 First Impressions of the Oscars’ Documentary Short List
“Wow. After all that innovation, audience outreach and Academy dispensation, We Live in Public still got screwed… Nothing against the films or filmmakers, many of which are very good, but come on.”
In any case, congrats to all the filmmakers who made the list, particularly Louie Psihoyos who made THE COVE and Robbie Kenner of FOOD, INC!