Documenting Moore’s Oscar Chances

The current spotlight on documentaries, particularly those of the political persuasion, means more movie fans than usual are likely to pay attention to the Best Documentary Feature category during the 77th Academy Awards.
But a quirky rule that declares ineligible any documentary distributed on television or the Internet during the nine months after its theatrical release could leave some gaps in the potential nominees.
The rule reads in part: “Any documentary which is transmitted anywhere in the world in any version as a television or Internet program within this period will automatically be disqualified from award eligibility.” Taken literally, any download — legal or illegal — during that time period would seem to disqualify a documentary.,1412,64184,00.html?tw=rss.CUL

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