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2010 Oscar Doc Shortlist: 15 Films

AMPAS has announced its list of 15 feature docs being considered for an Oscar nomination. Four Tribeca alumni made the cut—woo hoo!

Oscar Statuettes


Out of the 101 feature documentaries that qualified for the Oscars this year, The Documentary Branch Screening Committee has selected 15 to advance to the next round of selections. Five of these 15 will receive an Oscar nomination on January 25. The winner will be announced at the 2010 Academy Awards ceremony on February 27.


We are delighted that four films associated with Tribeca made this first all-important cut:


Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Alex Gibney, director
(ES Productions LLC)
—screened as a Work-in-Progress at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
Read more: Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer


Enemies of the People


Enemies of the People

Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath, directors
(Old Street Films) 
—funded by a grant from the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund
Read more: Tribeca Takes: Rob Lemkin on Enemies of the People


The Lottery


The Lottery

Madeleine Sackler, director
(Great Curve Films) 
—screened at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
Read more: Tribeca Talks: The Lottery


The TIllman Story: Amir Bar-Lev


The Tillman Story
Amir Bar-Lev, director
(Passion Pictures/Axis Films)
—screened at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
Read more: The Tillman Story: Amir Bar-Lev


The other 11 films in the running follow, with links to coverage where available.


2010 Oscar Doc Shortlist


Exit through the Gift Shop

Banksy, director
(Paranoid Pictures)


Your Land, My Land, GasLand


Josh Fox, director
(Gasland Productions, LLC)
Read more: Your Land, My Land, GasLand


2010 Oscar Doc Shortlist


Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould
Michèle Hozer and Peter Raymont, directors
(White Pine Pictures) 



Inside Job
Charles Ferguson, director
(Representational Pictures)


2010 Oscar Doc Shortlist


Precious Life

Shlomi Eldar, director
(Origami Productions)


2010 Oscar Doc Shortlist


Quest for Honor

Mary Ann Smothers Bruni, director
(Smothers Bruni  Productions)  




Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, directors
(Outpost Films)
Read more: Over There: Restrepo


2010 Oscar Doc Shortlist


This Way of Life
Thomas Burstyn, director
(Cloud South Films)


2010 Oscar Doc Shortlist


Waiting for ‘Superman'

Davis Guggenheim, director
(Electric Kinney Films)




Waste Land
Lucy Walker, director
(Almega Projects)
Read more: Waste Land's Dangerous Landfill


2010 Oscar Doc Shortlist


William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe
Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, directors
(Disturbing the Universe LLC)



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