Fifteen films were named to the Documentary Features shortlist for the 82nd Academy Awards, and many pundits have remarked on several missing titles – among them, Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story, R.J. Cutler’s The September Issue, Joe Berlinger’s Crude, Havana Marking’s Afghan Star and Sacha Gervasi’s Anvil! The Story of Anvil. Here are the shortlist selections, chosen out of a list of 89: The Beaches of Agnes (directed by Agnes Varda); The Cove (Louie Psihoyos); Every Little Step (James Stern and Adam Del Deo); Food, Inc. (Robert Kenner); Valentino: The Last Emperor (Matt Tyrnauer); Burma VJ (Anders Ostergaard); Facing Ali (Pete McCormack); Garbage Dreams (Mai Iskander); Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders (Mark Hopkins); The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith); Mugabe and the White African (Andrew Thompson and Lucy Bailey); Sergio (Greg Barker); Soundtrack for a Revolution (Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman); Under Our Skin (Andy Abrahams Wilson) and Which Way Home (Rebecca Cammisa). The final nominations will be announced Feb. 2, with the ceremony taking place on March 7.
- RS West ’18