Oscar documentary nominees include Restrepo, Gasland

Nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced this morning, including the two nonfiction categories: documentary feature film and short subject documentary. The nominees for documentary feature include Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger’s Restrepo (which is now on DVD) and Josh Fox’s exploration of polluted drinking water, Gasland (which is also on DVD).

Last year, The Cove won the Oscar for feature-length documentary, and later spawned an Animal Planet series, Dolphin Warriors.

The nominees for feature-length documentary are:

  • Exit through the Gift Shop, Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz
  • Gasland, Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
  • Inside Job, Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
  • Restrepo, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
  • Waste Land, Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

The short-subject documentary nominees are:

  • Killing in the Name (nominees TBD)
  • Poster Girl (nominees TBD)
  • Strangers No More, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
  • Sun Come Up, Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
  • The Warriors of Qiugang, Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon

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