Why the 2020 Documentary Oscar Race Could Be a Bloodbath

Published on Jun 14, 2019

Why the 2020 Documentary Oscar Race Could Be a Bloodbath

The summertime is a bit early for Oscar prognostication, at least when it comes to many major categories. But the documentary race is an exception: With major contenders launching at the top of the year out of Sundance, and several documentaries currently doing strong business in theaters, the non-fiction competition is already quite fierce, and the fall festivals could unleash a whole lot more. From “Apollo 11” to “One Child Nation” (above), this year’s contenders tackle a range of subjects with ambitious approaches. But one new documentary released this week, Martin Scorsese’s “Rolling Thunder Revue,” may or may not join the fray since its definition as a documentary is suspect. Will documentary voters care? And how might they respond to films like “Diego Maradona,” from director Asif Kapadia, who already won once before?

In this week’s Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss Scorsese’s film

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Author: Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson