The 85th Academy Awards documentary category has been whittled down to 15 nominated docs including the powerful ‘Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory‘ and ‘If A Tree Falls‘.
I was glad to see Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s powerful ‘Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory’ doc on the Academy Award shorter list. This is the end of the famous ‘West Memphis Three‘ trilogy that finally ended this year for the three boys imprisoned. Hopefully Dimension will finally make this film a reality with Atom Egoyan onboard to direct, but as there’s been no updates on the film or casting news, it almost seems like history could be repeating itself in the several attempts to get this true life story to the big screen. ‘If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front‘ is another one to definitely check out although I don’t think it’ll make it to the final shortlist as this group is still listed as a terrorist group and the Academy is a little more conservative on this kind of thing. Anyway, you should still check this doc out along with ‘Paradise Lost 3‘
Here’s the list
“Battle for Brooklyn” (RUMER Inc.)
“Bill Cunningham New York” (First Thought Films)
“Buck” (Cedar Creek Productions)
“Hell and Back Again” (Roast Beef Productions Limited)
“If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front” (Marshall Curry Productions, LLC)
“Jane’s Journey” (NEOS Film GmbH & Co. KG)
“The Loving Story” (Augusta Films)
“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” (@radical.media)
“Pina” (Neue Road Movies GmbH)
“Project Nim” (Red Box Films)
“Semper Fi: Always Faithful” (Tied to the Tracks Films, Inc.)
“Sing Your Song” (S2BN Belafonte Productions, LLC)
“Undefeated” (Spitfire Pictures)
“Under Fire: Journalists in Combat” (JUF Pictures, Inc.)
“We Were Here” (Weissman Projects, LLC)
Now we get to wait until January 24, 2012 at 5:30 AM PT for the five nominees selected from the fifteen. I can say from experience it can feel like a long long wait after all the work of fulfilling all the Academy’s requirement which have grown in the past few years.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre.