- The Best Documentaries of 2011 (Updated)
Nerd out to our infographic of the top documentaries of 2011, based on lists from critics, documentary festivals, industry organizations and online voting!
- Oscar 2012: 'Undefeated,' and the New Rules for Predicting an Academy Award Win
Doc Soup Man Tom Roston's Documentary Oscar streak is over, but he's planning a come back next year with a new standard for predicting the winner.
- Oscar 2012: Predicting the Documentary Winners
Who will win? Doc Soup Man has picked it for four years running. But this year, he says, is one of the closest races in years.
- Oscar 2012: Watch 'If a Tree Falls' Online at POV, Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature
The Oscar®-nominated documentary If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (POV 2011) is streaming for a limited time on POV's website.
- Oscar 2012: Best Feature Documentary Nominees List Includes 'If a Tree Falls'
The Academy has announced its nominees for 2011's Best Documentary Feature and Documentary Short Subject, which includes two POV films: If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front and The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement.
- New Oscar Eligibility Rules Could Shut Out Great Documentaries
Media reports suggest that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences will be announcing new rules connected to the documentary Oscars this week, including the use of The New York Times and Los Angeles Times as eligibility sieves. Guest blogger Edward J. Delaney considers the impact of the move.
- Documentary Year in Review Countdown #3: What If Banksy Wins an Oscar?
POV is counting down the top documentary stories of 2011 on New Year's Eve 2012.
- The Best Documentaries of 2011
According to who you ask, the best documentary of 2011 could have been one of 67 films. Could it be The Interrupters? Nostalgia for the Light? Project Nim? Cave of Forgotten Dreams? We've constructed a handy graphic to help you make your own decision.
- Doc Soup: Do You Care What Happens at the Oscars?
Let’s be totally reductive for a moment, and say that there are two kinds of documentary-lovers: those who enjoy watching the Oscars and those who don’t. I am very much the former, and often when I bring up my interest in the Academy Awards, I am slapped around for my interest in such commercial puffery. […]
- Doc Soup: Oscar Nominated '127 Hours': Not a Documentary, But Close
It’s been said many times before — heck, I’ve said it more times than I could count — that truth is stranger than fiction. But that doesn’t mean that fiction can’t sometimes trump truth. Take, for example, the retelling of Aron Ralston’s (pictured, far right) true-life story of falling in a canyon in Utah and […]
- 'Exit Through the Gift Shop': Is it a Doc Or Not?
To paraphrase: If it walks like a doc and it quacks like a doc, then it must be a doc. . . Right? Exit Through the Gift Shop has been running roughshod with this notion, tripping on it, but nevertheless catapulting forward, ever since its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January. And after […]
- Doc Soup: Let the Awards Season Begin
Leaves have fallen and there’s a nip in the air… which means, it must be movie awards season. Yes, in recent weeks, we’ve seen nomination lists released from three outlets: the International Documentary Association, the Gotham Awards and the Cinema Eye Honors. Here are their nominations for Best Doc Feature: Cinema Eye Honors Armadillo — […]
- Weekly Roundup: Festivals, Festivals and More Festivals
This week, we take a look back at SXSW and a look forward at New Directors/New Films ’10 and the Full Frame Film Festival. Filmmakers, interactive folks, musicians and more converged on the 2010 South by Southwest Festival this past weekend. POV’s interactive director, Theresa Riley, attended the film and interactive portions of the festival, […]
- Celebrate International Women's Day with a Doc Directed by a Woman
After watching last night’s exciting win for Kathryn Bigelow and realizing that today is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, I found myself wondering who had been the first woman director to win Best Documentary? And for that matter, how many documentaries directed by women have won Oscars in the history of the Academy […]
- Doc Soup: What Happened with the Docs at Oscar 2010?
Hollywood’s biggest night was not, sadly, documentary film’s finest hour. The 2010 Oscar ceremony will be most remembered for how The Hurt Locker trumped Avatar, and how Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Best Director award. But, for documentary fans, it may be remembered for a couple of missed opportunities. Things certainly […]
- POV & PBS Celebrate Oscar Nominations for “Food, Inc.” and “The Most Dangerous Man in America”
Watch this Sunday’s Oscar ceremonies for mentions of two POV films nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category — Food, Inc. and The Most Dangerous Man in America. Food, Inc. airs on PBS next month.
- Doc Soup: More Fearless Oscar Predictions – Looking at the Shorts with an Academy Voter
The Best Documentary Short award is probably the least watched, least understood and least appreciated category at the Academy Awards. Okay, maybe it’s tied with Best Sound Editing. Still, that’s too bad. Fortunately, some of the winners have made the most of this underdog status in their speeches, such as when Jessica Yu joked in […]
- Weekly Roundup: Mourning Karen Schmeer, Oscar Nominations, Sundance Wrap-up and More
This week, the documentary world mourns the passing of a beloved editor, we look forward to the Oscars and look back at Sundance, and we take a peek at Patti Smith’s new memoir. Documentary editor Karen Schmeer was killed in a hit-and-run accident in New York City last week. Filmmaker Errol Morris, who worked with […]