Monday, March 15, 2021

Oscar Nominees: Best Documentary

My predictions: 3/5
My ballot: Coming soon!
The nominees: Collective, Crip Camp, The Mole Agent, My Octopus Teacher, Time

I’m glad that my guess that Time would be snubbed didn’t come to fruition since it really is a formidable and worthwhile film. I’m much more upset about “Welcome to Chechnya,” which I thought might be safe due to its place on the visual effects shortlist. There were so many great films on this list, and “Boys State” and “Dick Johnson Is Dead” are two other prominent ones that didn’t make the cut. Both of the films that were also shortlisted for the Best International Feature category, Collective and The Mole Agent, made the cut here, and the former is a double nominee. Crip Camp is a great choice, and I’m sure marine biology aficionados will be much more excited about My Octopus Teacher making this list than I am.

My current bet to win: It might be “Time,” but I’d bet more strongly on Collective.

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