Best Biography Documentaries

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Best Documentaries Not Nominated For OscarsTue Feb 18 14:50:32 EST 2014

With "The Act Of Killing, " "Cutie And The Boxer" and "The Square" among the nominees, this year's Best Documentary Feature category is one of the strongest we can remember. But that doesn't mean that the Academy got everything right.Crumb Many of the year's most notable non-fiction films were ignored, most notably Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell, " a movie which managed to top many critical lists and was widely acclaimed as not just as one of the best documentaries of 2013, but as one of the best movies of any kind.

With "The Act Of Killing, " "Cutie and the Boxer" and "The Square" among the nominees, this year's Best Documentary Feature category is one of the strongest we can remember. But that doesn't mean that the Academy got everything right. Many of the year's most notable non-fiction films were ignored, most notably Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell, " a movie which managed to top many critical lists and was widely acclaimed as not just one of the best documentaries of 2013, but as one of the best movies of any kind.

But Polley's in good company. Perhaps even more so than with the main Best Picture prize, the documentary branch have a long history of overlooking the towering classics of the form completely. Sure, some great docs have been recognized by the Academy—"The War Game, " "Woodstock, " "Hearts And Minds, " "Harlan County USA, " "When We Were Kings, " "4 Little Girls, " "Man On Wire"—but it's far from uncommon for the truly classic contenders to be completely ignored in favor of movies that are about the right issues, or tug the heartstrings in the right way.

So with the Oscars now less than two weeks away, in commiseration with "Stories We Tell, " and to celebrate IFC’s Sundance Now Doc Club for the month, which features a number of non-nominated films hand-selected by non-fiction mover-and-shaker Thom Powers, we've picked out ten phenomenal documentary movies that failed to even get an Academy Award nomination, let alone win the prize. To narrow it down a little, we mostly excluded concert films and music documentaries, along with multi-part movies like "The Sorrow And The Pity" and the "Up" series, and other films that were ineligible. The ones left, below, all qualify as essential viewing.

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Source: blogs.indiewire.com
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