By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Something unprecedented is happening in the world of documentaries: The inmates are taking over the asylum!
For decades, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has discredited itself by celebrating, almost exclusively, documentaries that address the same important subjects (the Holocaust, dead icons, etc.) and that are presented in the same conventional style (talking heads, archival footage, etc.). Don’t get me wrong: Many previous best documentary feature Oscar nominees and winners are excellent films — but they simply do not represent the full spectrum of what’s out there. It’s no wonder generations of people have grown up thinking of documentaries as medicinal, boring movies to be dreaded.