Thursday, January 10, 2013

Oscar Nominees: Best Documentary

My predictions: 3/5, missing “5 Broken Cameras” and “The Gatekeepers”
My ballot: Come back next week!
The nominees: 5 Broken Cameras, The Gatekeepers, How to Survive a Plague, The Invisible War, Searching for Sugar Man

I missed the two films set in Israel in this category, and I’ve seen just two of them thus far. I’m interviewing the director of “The Gatekeepers” next week and attending a concert for the release of the “Searching for Sugar Man” DVD this weekend, so I’m looking forward to getting to know this category well. I can say right now that “The Invisible War” was very good and I’m glad to see it here.

Good news for those who want to be more well-informed about this category: four out of five of these films can be watched at home within the coming weeks, and the fifth will be in theaters on February 1st. “How to Survive a Plague” should be available via Netflix Instant Streaming, while the other three will all be on DVD by January 22nd.

My current bet to win: Without having seen them, I don’t know, but I’ll guess Searching for Sugar Man.

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