AirTalk for December 6, 2013

What's the cure for the Academy's bloated documentary category?

New York City Celebrates The 83rd Annual Academy Awards

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The Oscar Statue production display at the Meet the Oscar Exhibit at Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

Once again, Hollywood is gearing up for awards season. Last year, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences introduced a new rule into the Documentary Feature Category aimed at limiting the number of qualifying documentaries. 

Now, a documentary is required to be reviewed by the New York Times or Los Angeles Times in order to be included in the category. Instead of narrowing the field, a record-breaking 149 films are eligible this year.  

Should there be different qualifying rules for the Documentary Feature Category? What are the quality of the documentaries that are eligible? How interested are you in documentaries? 

Guests:
Peter Rainer, film critic for KPCC and the Christian Science Monitor; author or “Rainer on Film: Thirty Years of Film Writing in a Turbulent and Transformative Era”

Lael Loewenstein, film critic for KPCC and Variety

Charles Solomon, animation film critic for KPCC and author and historian for amazon.com; Author, "The Art of Frozen"


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