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Oscar Watch: Documentary Race Heats Up with IDA Awards, PGA Nominations

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 3, 2010 at 7:00AM

The documentary race is heating up.
Thompson on Hollywood

The documentary race is heating up.

Post-Gothams, Indie Spirits, and National Board of Review, education doc Waiting for Superman and Wall Street expose Inside Job are looking good for a spot in the final Oscar five. They were among Friday's Producer's Guild nominations, which also included Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer, Earth Made of Glass, Smash His Camera and The Tillman Story. The PGA will announce nominations in other categories on January 4, 2011; the awards ceremony takes place on January 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Friday night, the International Documentary Association will announce its winners at their awards ceremony at the DGA. Stay tuned for the winners.

Check out Inside Job director Charles Ferguson on Charlie Rose; the movie is hanging tough at the box office and should soon pass the $3 million mark, more than respectable for a brainy financial meltdown doc.

This article is related to: Awards, Genres, Documentaries

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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.