2011 Oscar Documentary Shortlist Revealed
The last year hasn’t been staggering for documentaries, and many of the titles on the shortlist have not seen widescale release. But it’s always curious to get a taste of the kinds of issues and frustrations buzzing through western consciousness, as indicated by this non-fictional shortlist.
Issues of war and scandal seem to be popular themes, as ever, while Banksy’s edgy progression into the film world, rather than the walls of New York and London, make for an interesting candidate. One might hope that Banksy wins the Oscar, if nothing else than to see how he accepts – or even refuses – the award. Would he collect it in person, or would he send in an electronic mouse with explosives strapped to its chest?
For a shortlist, it’s actually quite long:
Client 9 – The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer – Dir. Alex Gibney
Enemies of the People – Dir. Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath
Exit through the Gift Shop – Dir. Banksy
Gasland – Dir. Josh Fox
Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould – Dir. Michele Hozer and Peter Raymont
Inside Job – Dir. Charles Ferguson
The Lottery – Dir. Madeleine Sackler
Precious Life – Dir. Shlomi Eldar
Quest for Honor – Dir. Mary Ann Smothers Bruni
Restrepo – Dir. Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
This Way of Life – Dir. Thomas Burstyn
The Tillman Story – Dir. Amir Bar-Lev
Waiting for ‘Superman’ – Dir. Davis Guggenheim
Waste Land – Dir. Lucy Walker
William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe – Dir. Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler
Which one stands the best chance of swiping this year’s Golden Maiden? We’d love to hear your thoughts.