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(UPDATED) Will Oscar Shaft Truly Indie Docs? They Already Have.

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • January 8, 2012 7:46 PM
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It's hard to believe that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and its Oscar documentary branch are instilling a new rule that docs would have to receive a review in the New York or Los Angeles Times to be eligible, thereby excluding plenty of worthy indie nonfiction work. Part of the proposed changes for next year also include a major shift on who votes for the final award -- rather than the documentary branch, the entire Academy will now vote for the winner. Despite support from Michael Moore and Steve James, the revisions suggest a move further toward the middlebrow and mainstream.

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