This year’s Oscar documentary race has ties to two former US presidents
08 March 2021, 00:20
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The Academy Awards, or Oscars, are billed as the most prestigious film awards in Hollywood and the world.
Lately, many political heavyweights like the Obamas and the Clintons have been seen “lobbying” the 586-member strong branch of the Academy’s documentary section.
That’s because a documentary starring Barack Obama and two others with Clinton ties were shortlisted for the Oscars this year.
From politics to entertainment, the Obamas do it all
Barack, along with his wife Michelle, has a production house called Higher Ground through which they have a very lucrative and much talked about partnership with Netflix.
The 44th US President recently hosted a half-hour Q&A on the Academy members-only streaming service to discuss screaming campa feature-length documentary about the disability rights movement produced by the Obamas, which won this year’s Oscars.
The Clintons chatted with the Oscar nominees in their podcasts
On the Clinton side, we have the respective podcasts of Bill and his wife Hillary, Why am I telling you this? and You and me both.
As the 42nd President chatted with Steven Garza, star of the critically acclaimed documentary state of the boyson her podcast, Hillary hosted Stacey Abrams, producer of All In: The Fight for Democracyon his.
Both were picked up by the Oscars.
15 films have been nominated for the Documentary Feature category at the Oscars
In the Documentary Feature category, the Academy announced a list of fifteen films: All In: The Fight for Democracy, Boys State, Collective, Crip Camp, Dick Johnson Is Dead, Gunda, MLK/FBI, The Mole Agent, My Octopus Teacher, Notturno, The Painter and the Thief, 76 Days, Time, The Truffle Hunters and welcome to Chechnya.
These were added to the list from 238 eligible entries.
Some Interesting Facts About The Entertainment Industry‘s Most Prestigious Award
With 11 wins, Titanic, Benhur, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King are the most awarded films in Oscar history.
Titanic also leads the nominations table with 14 Oscar nominations.
Coming to the biggest losers, Turning released in 1977 and The purple color released in 1985 were nominated in 11 categories each, but failed to win any trophies.