Just about every year, brilliant movies are utterly ignored by the Oscars. The Searchers, Groundhog Day, Breathless, King Kong, Casino Royale, Touch of Evil, Caddyshack, Mean Streets, The Big Lebowski, Blackfish — the Academy has a long history of overlooking comedies, action movies, horror flicks, hard-boiled genre pics, artsy foreign films, and documentaries that aren’t about World War II. Before the ceremony, we’ll be taking a closer look at films that were too small, too weird, or perhaps simply too awesome for the Academy Awards. These are the Non-Nominees.
The film: Directed by Hoop Dreams‘ Steve James, Life Itself looks at film critic Roger Ebert’s life from his early days in the newspaper business to his final days in the hospital. The documentary uses interviews with Ebert himself, narration taken from Ebert’s memoir (also titled Life Itself), and interviews with his friends and colleagues to create a varied picture of the critic’s storied career.
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