Watch Oscar-Nominated Documentaries Before the Academy Awards

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Watch the short film A Night at the Garden now; Two nominated films will broadcast and stream in February. [Now streaming for a limited time.]

PBS Staff Writers
January 22, 2019
Oscar nominations are out! The good news is that three films from the PBS family received nominations from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” (airing on Independent Lens) and “Minding the Gap” (POV) for Best Documentary Feature and “A Night At the Garden” (POV) for Best Documentary Short Subject.

The better news is that you can watch all three films before Oscar Night on February 24th.

(See the full list of nominations for the 91st Annual Academy Awards®.)


A Night At The Garden | POV

Presented by POV, “A Night at the Garden” details a 1939 rally of 20,000 Americans in New York’s Madison Square Garden celebrating the rise of Nazism – an event largely forgotten from American history. The 8-minute feature short uses striking archival footage recorded at the event to bring the audience into the arena, shine a light on the fallibility of seemingly decent people and make connections to current events.


Hale County This Morning, This Evening | Independent Lens

Stream Now! (Through February 25)

Independent Lens’ “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” takes you on an intimate journey through Hale County, Alabama to give you a glimpse into America’s Black Belt. The film provides a poignant look at the complex lives of these Americans, while also examining the consequences of the social construction of race.

You can now stream “Hale County This Morning, This Evening." (The film will be available to stream online or on the PBS App through February 25.)


Minding the Gap | POV

Stream Now! (Through March 3)

Rounding out the three nominations is “Minding the Gap,” also presented by POV. First-time filmmaker Bing Liu brings the story of three young skateboarding friends in their Rust Belt hometown. As Liu attempts to understand what drives young people to leave the town, he explores the relationship between fathers and sons and the struggle between childhood and becoming an adult.

Tune in or stream “Minding the Gap” on February 18 at 9pm. Check your local listings. (The film will be available to stream online or on the PBS App for two weeks.)


Won't You Be My Neighbor | Independent Lens

Tune in February 9 at 8pm.

Another high-profile film airing on PBS -- the critically-acclaimed feature film, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” -- surprisingly was left without an Oscar nomination.

Considered an Oscar snub by many, this remarkable film reflects on Fred Rogers’ legacy of kindness, and the profound and lasting effect his innovative approach to television had on millions of children. Children grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on PBS for over 30 years and to this day there is nothing like a great episode of the legendary show.

Tune in to “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” on February 9 at 8pm. Check your local listings. (The film will not be available to stream.)

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