Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Oscar Nominees: Best Documentary

My predictions: 2/5
My ballot: Come back in February!
The nominees: Free Solo, Hale County This Morning, This Evening, Minding the Gap, Of Fathers and Sons, RBG

Last year, I hadn’t seen a single one of the nominees in this category, and this year, I managed to see all fifteen finalists. What that means, of course, is that I’m sad about the snubs, particularly “The Silence of Others,” but also the two shocking omissions from this race – “Three Identical Strangers” and, what everyone expected to be the winner, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.” When I watched Minding the Gap, I thought it would be nominated, but didn’t put it in my predictions, and I also had Of Fathers and Sons, a worthwhile choice, in there for a while but took it out at the last minute. I’m not thrilled about Hale County This Morning, This Evening, the most experimental and least involving of the finalists, though I know that I’m in the minority there. RBG is a great choice, also nominated for Best Original Song, along with my favorite documentary of the year, Free Solo.

My current bet to win: Who knows now? I’m going to pick RBG.

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