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Five Women Directors Make the Documentary Oscar Shortlist

by Inkoo Kang
December 4, 2013 11:00 AM
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Once again, the Oscar documentary shortlist for the 2014 ceremony, announced yesterday, is an idiosyncratic mix of crowd favorites and obscure titles. 

Women directors were behind the camera on five of the fifteen award-hopefuls, which include Gabriela Cowperthwaite's killer-whale tale Blackfish, Sarah Polley's Rashomon-like family memoir Stories We Telland Lucy Walker's upcoming profile of snowboarder Kevin Pearce, The Crash Reel

As Variety noted, though, there were two glaring omissions from the list, which coincidentally or not-so-coincidentally were two of the most politically incisive, and therefore controversial, films of the year: Dawn Porter's court expose Gideon's Army and Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's abortion doc After Tiller.

Below is the list of the women-directed films: 

Blackfish - Gabriela Cowperthwaite

The Crash Reel - Lucy Walker

Life According to Sam - Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

The Square - Jehane Noujaim

Stories We Tell - Sarah Polley

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