Oscar 2012: Best Feature Documentary Nominees List Includes ‘If a Tree Falls’

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UPDATED: We now have all the feature documentary trailers, and you can also watch If a Tree Falls on POV’s website for a limited time…

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its nominees for 2011′s Best Documentary Feature.

We’re forgetting the brouhaha over how best to reform the Academy’s documentary nomination process for a moment so we can be excited about which documentaries were selected as official Oscar nominees. It’s especially exciting for us at POV, because Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman’s If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, which we aired in 2011, is one of the five.

Here’s the list, announced this morning (at 5:30 AM for those L.A. journalists the film industry loves!):

Nominees for Best Documentary Feature

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (POV 2011)
Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman



Hell and Back Again
Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner

(And, mark your calendars… Hell and Back Again is set to air on PBS’s Independent Lens in May 2012!)


Undefeated
TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas


Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky


Pina
Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel


And here’s the list of nominees for Documentary Short Subject, which includes Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin’s The Barber of Birmingham, a film you’ll see on POV later in 2012.

Nominees for Documentary Short Subject

The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement (POV 2012)
Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin


God is the Bigger Elvis
Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson

There’s no trailer yet for this short, but you can watch an interview with Dolores Hart, the subject of God is the Bigger Elvis, on ABC’s “20/20″ for a hint of what’s coming.


Incident in New Baghdad
James Spione


Saving Face
Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy


The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen


Find out who wins Best Feature Documentary and Documentary Short Subject at the 84th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26, 2012.

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POV Staff
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  • DocGuy

    How about trailers for the shorts???  Incident in New Baghdad, Tsunami, Saving Face–these are some of the most powerful short docs I’ve seen in years.  Be fair, POV!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XCEJH3N4F3U3XMILX7XFVRLQXY Cody

    As usual, a load of agitprop slop peppered with one or two actual documentaries.

    The Academy can’t be too concerned with hiding their flagrant far-Leftist bias this year if they’re nominating propaganda like “If A Tree Falls”, requisite with it’s revisionist glorification of a violent gang of terrorist psychopaths.

  • Anonymous

    this would be a refreshing change. most documentaries are awful cinema.

  • Doc Soup Man

    Thanks, Chris: I like how @kartemquin calls it a Doc Ghetto….