The Cove wins best documentary Oscar

Two documentaries were awarded Oscars during the Academy Award telecast last night, which lasted so long I periodically forgot what day it was.

The Academy Award for best documentary feature went to The Cove, Louie Psihoyos’ exploration of dolphin slaughter in Japan. The film–which may have impacted the dolphin slaughter–will be broadcast on Animal Planet later this year, and is also on DVD.

As producer Fisher Stevens was accepting the award, former Flipper trainer Ric O’Barry, who’s featured in the film, unfurled a banner that said “text DOLPHIN to 44144,” and the Oscar telecast control room cut away as if that’d send you porn instead of information about dolphin slaughter.

The other films nominated for best documentary feature were Burma VJ, , Food, Inc., The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, and Which Way Home.

Earlier, Music by Prudence won for best documentary (short subject); it follows Prudence Mabhena, a disabled 21-year-old singer-songwriter in Zimbabwe. Also nominated were China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province, The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner, The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant, and Rabbit a la Berlin.

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