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Why '20 Feet from Stardom' Leads the Oscar Doc Pack (UPDATED)

Now that the Oscar nominations have landed, where is the doc race? Under new rules as of last year, the doc contenders must grab the spotlight to win--as DVD screeners are now sent to every Academy voter. Many wonder if they will watch all five. Which gives the advantage to the ones they have already seen.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2014 1:51 PM
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Netflix Partners with Weinsteins on New Original Series, Heads for Sundance with Docs in Mind (TRAILERS)

Netflix not only partnered with the Weinstein Co. for their Golden Globe after party but on several new TV series as well. Ted Sarandos has always been close to the indie film community. In fact, he picked up Oscar doc contender "The Square" and plans to make it available for streaming on January 17 and heads for Sundance with opening nighter "Mitt" and plans to buy more.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 14, 2014 1:04 PM
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The Directors Guild of America Documentary Five Have Landed

The Directors Guild of America nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2013 have landed. All of these films have been lauded on the festival and awards circuit.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2014 1:32 PM
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Cinema Eye and the Changing Oscar Doc Race

The voting is on for the seventh annual Cinema Eye Honors, which will be announced on Jan. 8, at which time the best in the year’s nonfiction will (presumably) be honored by a group that’s already passed one critical test. It’s resisted the full-court press being waged by certain parties in the doc world, a campaign that involves the kind of unrestrained lobbying, egomania, cocktail-partying and ass-kissing usually reserved for far more high-profile awards categories.
  • By John Anderson
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  • December 31, 2013 12:12 PM
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IDA Documentary Awards Honor 'The Square,' 'Armstrong Lie' Director Alex Gibney, Laura Poitras and More

The International Documentary Association unveiled their 2013 IDA Documentary Award winners at a ceremony Friday evening in Los Angeles. Top honors went to Jehane Noujaim's Egyptian revolution doc "The Square" for Best Feature, set to premiere on Netflix in January and currently sitting on the 2014 documentary Oscar shortlist.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 7, 2013 1:30 AM
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