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Catching Up With Foreign Language and Documentary Feature Nominees

Photo of Tom Brueggemann By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood January 14, 2013 at 6:33AM

Three categories - Foreign Language Film, Documentary Feature and Animated Feature - frequently have nominees that have received little or no U.S. theatrical play, and even sometimes no set playdate ahead. Things look better this year, but still not ideal for those who want to see all the nominees prior to the awards.
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'The Gatekeepers'
'The Gatekeepers'

SPC also haa "The Gatekeepers" (from Israel) which had a one-week qualifying run in outer suburban Los Angeles County to qualify late last year, opening officially on February 1 in New York and Los Angeles, with at least San Francisco, Washington and Chicago on February 22.

Kino Lorber released the second Israeli co-produced film in this category, "Five Broken Cameras," to limited theatrical play last spring. It comes out on DVD next week as well as Netflix streaming while continuing on Hulu Plus. IFC's "How to Survive a Plague" has had both a theatrical and VOD run and is now streaming on Netflix. "Invisible War" from Cinedigm post-theatrical is out on DVD and also streaming at Netflix.

The end result is that most people with some effort can see some of the nominees (and perhaps both winners) in these two categories before February 24, only Academy members and those with press or festival connections will have had a real chance to see every feature film nominated by then.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.