Thursday, January 14, 2016

Oscar Nominees: Best Documentary

My predictions: 2/5, picking only “Amy” and “The Look of Silence”
My ballot: Come back in February!
The nominees: Amy, Cartel Land, The Look of Silence, What Happened Miss Simone, Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

I don’t know how I expected to accurately predict this category having seen only one out of fifteen contenders, but I tried. I’m sad that “Best of Enemies” isn’t here, but maybe these five are better. I’m surprised that “He Named Me Malala” isn’t here, while I was never so sure about “Going Clear.” Both “Amy” and “The Look of Silence” are on DVD, and “Winter on Fire” and “What Happened, Miss Simone,” which showed as one of the opening night films at Sundance last year, are on Netflix. I just have to find a way to track down “Cartel Land” and I’ll be back before the Oscars with much more to say!

My current bet to win: I still think Amy, but let me get back to you once I’ve seen everything.

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