“Inside Job” banks Oscar gold

Charles Ferguson's authoritative investigation into the global financial crisis picked up the best documentary feature prize at the 2011 Academy Awards in LA last night.
February 28, 2011

(Pictured: Charles Ferguson. Photo: Representational Pictures/ Sony Pictures Classics)

Inside Job, Charles Ferguson’s authoritative investigation into the global financial crisis, picked up the best documentary feature prize at the 2011 Academy Awards in LA last night.

In the best documentary short category, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon’s Strangers No More took the Oscar. The 40-minute film looks at students at the Bialik-Rogozin School in Tel Aviv, who come from more than 48 different countries.

Ferguson’s win comes after the director was previously nominated for his 2007 effort No End in Sight, a documentary about the Iraq war.

Taking to the stage for his acceptance speech, Ferguson was met with applause when he told attendees “I must start by pointing out that three years after our horrific financial crisis caused by massive fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail, and that’s wrong.”

Inside Job had been tipped by a number of pundits and critics¬†- including Realscreen¬†- in the run-up to the awards ceremony, and beat off strong competition from Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop, Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington’s Restrepo, Lucy Walker’s Waste Land and Josh Fox’s Gasland.

Strangers No More, meanwhile, beat Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon’s The Warriors Of Qiugang, Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger’s Sun Come Up, Sara Nesson’s Poster Girl and Jed Rothstein’s Killing In The Name.

Read Realscreen‘s interview with Inside Job director Charles Ferguson here.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.