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

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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