Oscar documentary nominees include March of the Penguins and Murderball

As part of reality blurred‘s new coverage of quality, reality-like nonfiction TV and film documentaries, it makes sense to recognize those documentary films that were nominated today for an Oscar. One of last year’s nominees, Super Size Me, eventually led to a reality show spin-off, FX’s 30 Days. And the winner, Born Into Brothels, told the story of children in Calcutta who were born to prostitutes.

This year, the documentary features include Murderball, which follows quadriplegic rugby players, and March of the Penguins, which follows penguins as they march. Interestingly, while the US version featured narration by Morgan Freeman, the original French version of March of the Penguins had the penguins “speaking” dialogue, so it was far less reality-based than the US version, although ours certainly still anthropomorphizes the penguins enough for us get to know them.

Anyway, here are the nominees for best documentary feature:

  • Darwin’s Nightmare
  • Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
  • March of the Penguins
  • Murderball
  • Street Fight

And nominated for best documentary short subject are:

  • The Death of Kevin Carter: Casualty of the Bang Bang Club
  • God Sleeps in Rwanda
  • The Mushroom Club
  • A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin
Nominations List, 78th Annual Academy Awards [Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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