Has "20 Feet from Stardom" Already Won the Oscar for Best Documentary?

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • December 4, 2013 3:00 PM
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"The Act of Killing" won a Gotham Award for Best Documentary on Monday night, setting up what might be a run of accolades for this disturbing and impressive nonfiction opus. Or not? I don't put too much stock in awards. Although it's nice when you get them, there is way too much back-room manipulation, politics and other outside factors to suggest that an award for the year's "best" documentary is actually that. In my Docutopia column this week, I examine the context and conditions of award voting and how they don't reflect the best of anything, but rather, the preference of disparate constituencies.

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