In an industry that is calculated and scripted with every detail examined with a fine tooth comb, it would be a strange turn of events for Weiner to overcome the competition for Best Documentary honors for February's Academy Awards. Intended to be a comeback story for the ages from the disgraced democrat making a second go at running for office, the behind-the-scenes film detailed a troubled individual facing fresh controversies. All while he stumbled through a campaign doomed to fail.
This week was the time for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to name their 15 documentaries shortlisted. And analysts identified Weiner as one of the favorites in a potential two horse race.
15 nominees for Best Documentary:
- Command and Control
- The Eagle Huntress
- Fire at Sea
- Hooligan Sparrow
- I Am Not Your Negro
- The Ivory Game
- Life, Animated
- O.J.: Made in America
- The Witness
- Zero Days
Fall From Grace A Popular Theme
The Laylow Films and ESPN Films 5-part series O.J.: Made In America is at short odds to challenge the insight into the former democratic candidate for Mayor. Revealing the incredible series of events that saw the Buffalo Bills legend on a police chase on the Los Angeles freeway, building to the most infamous murder trial in history.
With interviews from old friends, family and those involved with the case, plaudits have praised the filmmakers for delivering a 10-hour extravaganza to revisit a time in American history where one man came to represent so much about society and culture at large. 2016 might very well be the most tightly contested race for Best Documentary yet.
Doco DiCaprio Loving The Genre
Working in his capacity as an executive producer, Leonardo DiCaprio wanted to shine a light on the plight of elephants falling victim to the ivory trade via The Ivory Game. Deciding that a behind-the-camera role was best suited in order to get the movie made above all costs, the actor is building his career in recent years with documentaries after starring in Before the Flood.
This effort though could give the top two contenders a run for their money, illustrating how poachers are devastating the species in Africa and raising awareness for the problem. Whoever takes the golden prize home, they will have earned it.