The Road to the Oscars Academy Awards: Five Documentaries that should be nominated Oct. 5, 2018

Every year since the month of September, the countdown to the new award season is reinitiated and it all begings with the end of the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.

However, there are some Oscars categories that begin to take strength and importance long before these events occur, and it happens in a category of Guidedoc's complete interest: the Best Documentary Feature Award.

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Here we try to find five of the most interesting films that could be nominated for the next Oscars: 

 

RBG by Betsy West and Julie Cohen

 

 

Having impressed both critics and the American public in 2018, RBG was screened at the Sundance Film Festival and premiered commercially in US theaters on May 4.

RBG is about, for and dedicated to the Supreme Court of the United States Associate Judge, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, perhaps one of the cornerstones of the struggle for women's rights in the United States over the past 40 years.

After all, the Supreme Court has become a pop icon from every point of view recently, and the documentary takes charge of emulating this nature and reflecting it in the style of the film filling the documentary with funny and entertaining situations of Ginsburg's life.


Three Identical Strangers by Tim Wardle
 

 

Ok, this could be another safe bet for the nominations. Three Identical Strangers was also one of the most acclaimed documentaries in the past edition of the Sundance Film Festival, not only because it dares to approach the story of the triplets Robert Shafran, Edward Galland and David Kellman, but also daring to go further in search of solving the enigma that has haunted this particular case since its appearance.

The film tries to collect every piece of information about the case of these brothers in order to give an idea or notion of why they were separated at birth in 1961. The surrealism that has enveloped the case since its appearance in the public sphere is latent in the way in which Wardle tells the story, which undoubtedly turns the documentary into a kind of true crime in its own nature. A true jewel.


Minding the Gap by Bing Liu

 

 

So we continue with another Sundance favorite. What began for Bing Liu as a video of him and his skateboarder friends in the city of Rockford, Illinois, over the course of a decade became what is now this great documentary.

Liu, a Chinese-American young man, films himself and his friends Zack, a white man, and Keire, a black man, who is younger than the rest. Their lives, united by the fact that their grew up with abusive families, is the backbone of the film.

The power of the documentary lies in the ability of the video material itself to show how an activity considered "rebellious" as skateboarding is in fact the only natural exit for this group of friends, and how that manages to save them from serious consequences in their lives.

The way in which Liu shoots them reflects a freshness, sensitivity and, above all, a naturalness that is felt in every little moment of the film.


The Biggest Little Farm by John Chester

 

 

One of the most important documentaries since the awards season began, which premiered at another of the festivals that feature the most films that end up being nominated to the Academy Awards, the Telluride Film Festival, is John Chester's The Biggest Little Farm.

Chester himself and his wife Molly acquire a farm in Moorpark, California, where they settle down and begin to rebuild their lives. Molly, a culinary writer, and Chester, a filmmaker, abandon their lives and homes in Santa Monica to get involved in the search and creation of a new life, trying to develop a sustainable farm on the outskirts of the city.

The documentary works both as a guide for the dreamers who contemplate entering this lifestyle, and in a document that idealizes this way of life.


Fahrenheit 11/9 by Michael Moore

 

 

Michael Moore had already made a political film that tried to put down a presidency with Fahrenheit 9/11,a film that wnt on to win the Palm D'or in 2004, and in 2018, he does it again. 

Loved and hated equally, in "11/9" Michael Moore gives his opinion and point of view about the president of the United States, Donald Trump. Let's say it, this is something that everyone knew he wouldn’t let go. 

With the comedy and irony that characterizes the American filmmaker, Fahrenheit 11/9 puts in evidence the failures of the new president and at the same time works as a political satire to the current state of American politics.

Moore tries to put into perspective the first half of Trump's presidency and also gives a chance to a variety of voices to speak up about events that are turning the country into a very tense place to live right now. 

 

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