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What's Up: Docs

Academy names Oscar's documentary finalists. ''Super Size Me,'' ''Tupac: Resurrection,'' and 10 others are eligible for the top prize

Touching the Void | INCHING CLOSER 'Touching the Void' is one of 12 films still within reach of a Best Documentary Oscar nomination
INCHING CLOSER 'Touching the Void' is one of 12 films still within reach of a Best Documentary Oscar nomination

With Michael Moore having taken Fahrenheit 9/11 out of the running, the field for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar is wide open. On Wednesday, the Academy's documentary branch ruled 12 films eligible for next February's prize, including such acclaimed and popular titles as Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock's diary of the month he spent eating only McDonald's food; Tupac: Resurrection, the biography of the rap icon; and Touching the Void, the recounting of an ill-fated mountain-climbing expedition. Two Sundance favorites made the cut: surfing doc Riding Giants, and Born Into Brothels, about child prostitution in Calcutta. Five of the films will be nominated for the Oscar, to be handed out Feb. 27.

Moore declined to submit Fahrenheit for documentary consideration, with the Oscar-winning Bowling for Columbine filmmaker saying he wanted to give other movies a chance, and knowing that his plan to book a fall pay-per-view airing of Fahrenheit so soon after its theatrical release would render the film ineligible. Moore has said he'll campaign for the movie in other Oscar categories where it's eligible, including Best Picture.

Originally posted Nov 18, 2004
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