'The Cove' shortlisted for Oscars


Films about subjects as varied as dolphin-hunting and high fashion are among documentaries hoping to be nominated for an Oscar, according to a shortlist released Wednesday.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said the final five films nominated for the coveted best documentary statuette at next year's Oscars would be chosen from a shortlist of 15 films.

The list includes critically acclaimed and controversial environmental thriller "The Cove", which chronicles the annual slaughter of dolphins in the Japanese coastal town of Taiji.

Other nominees include "Valentino: The Last Emperor," director Matt Tyrnauer's portrait of haute couture icon Valentino Garavani and "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers," about Vietnam War-era whistleblower Ellsberg.

Nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards will be announced on Feb 2 in Beverly Hills, roughly one month before the Oscars are held at Hollywood's Kodak Theater on March 7.

© Wire reports

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What about Michael Moore? He's my fav.

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Yeah, Michael Moore is truly a man to listen to! Hope 'The Cove' gets a lot of attention though.

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Hollywood often seems to use the documentary award to make a political statement, perhaps to try to redeem the image of the industry as money and status obsessed. I haven't had the opportunity to see the film, but from reviews it does seem to be a well-made documentary with considerable impact. Looks like a winner.

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