I don’t have much time, so I’ll make this quick. Here’s the gist with the Documentary Category: the most talked-about documentary, and the one that has been mostly winning awards left and right is Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, which you might remember is the second best movie of 2013. It is definitely the best of the nominees, and a movie that I hope will be watched and remember for years to come. Many a critic and movie fan (me included) would love to see it win the Oscar. However, we also know how the Academy plays, and thus, most people are thinking the harrowing subject matter of the movie (the reenactment of genocide killings in Indonesia by the people who perpetrated them) will keep it from the win, with Oscar voters preferring to vote for 20 Feet from Stardom, a fun documentary about the career of backup singers such as Darlene Love, people that you have definitely heard in such famous records as The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter”. A win for 20 Feet from Stardom would go along with the logic that turned last year’s movie about forgotten musicans, Searching for Sugarman, the winner of this category. However, Sugarman, had much more buzz than 20 Feet going into the Oscars. Everyone seemed to be fascinated by the story of Rodriguez. If you were to ask me, knowing the kind of movie the Academy likes to reward in this category, I got this feeling that the winner will be The Square, which chronicles the Egyptian revolution of a couple years ago. Call it hunch, but don’t be surprised if it wins Sunday night.
Will Win: The Square
My Pick: The Act of Killing