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Old 01-14-08, 03:41 PM
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King of Kong screwed by Oscar

I just clicked on the front page link to the new DVDtalk review of the upcoming The King of Kong - A Fistful of Quarters DVD. I'm pleased it got such a positive review. The generous amount of added extra features sound great, and I'm so happy that this wasn't given a bare bones release.

King of Kong was one of my favorite films I saw last year- and it's a documentary no less. I don't care much about video games, but it was just amazingly entertaining, riveting, and interesting.
The characters in the documentary could not have been done any better by any scriptwriter. And the "villain" puts about 99% of movie bad guys to shame.

HOWEVER, it just reminded me all over again that the AMPAS didn't even put it on the Academy Awards "shortlist" of 15 documentaries advancing on in the process, let alone making it to the final 5 documentary nominees to be voted on for the Oscar.

Why didn't King of Kong even make the shortlist cut of 15? I assume it was eligible.
Those Academy numbskulls piss me off...
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what is this shortlist you're mentioning? what are those 15?
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Wow, I thought this was the Other folder, read the title as "King Kong screwed by Oscar", and thought this was going to be some sort of f'd up YouTube video or something.

Anyway, if King of Kong is denied, then yes, that would suck. I thought for sure it was eligible.
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November 19, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

15 Docs Move Ahead in 2007 Oscar® Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 80th Academy Awards®. Seventy pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order:


“Autism: The Musical”
“Body of War”
“For the Bible Tells Me So”
“Lake of Fire”
“Nanking”
“No End in Sight”
“Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience”
“Please Vote for Me”
“The Price of Sugar”
“A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman”
“The Rape of Europa”
“Sicko”
“Taxi to the Dark Side”
“War/Dance”
“White Light/Black Rain”
Old 01-14-08, 03:59 PM
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Here's the Variety article:
15 documentaries make Oscar cut. Academy shortlists top nonfiction features
Old 03-13-08, 07:30 PM
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I just saw this on netflix and was blown away. Fantastic movie.
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The Oscars usually only nominate and award documentaries that have social relevance.

Or, if you want to be technical...

The Oscars usually only nominate and award films that suck.

I thought King of Kong was a great movie. However, I'm not upset that it wasn't nominated. It's a film made for a specific audience and a good portion of that audience has already seen it or at least knows of it.
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I thought it was a great movie but until I see all the other documentaries, I can't say for sure it's the best one.
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I really enjoyed this and thought it at least deserved to be nominated. Nilly Mitchell comes across as such a douche bag and his crew of evil helpers are even worse. That guy in the arcade is the epitomy of a nerd. The whole thing with the completion on video tape made me laugh.....Billy so obviously faked it. Great one to watch.
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Originally Posted by Matthew Chmiel
However, I'm not upset that it wasn't nominated. It's a film made for a specific audience and a good portion of that audience has already seen it or at least knows of it.
What does that have to do with anything?
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The documentary that REALLY got screwed by Oscar was IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON...I thought it was great.
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Billy Mitchell was on the Oscar nominating committee as well.

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