Netflix has been a strong documentary contender in the past few years (nominations since 2013: 5 features, 2 shorts; 1 win for short in 2017) and has once again netted a few nominations this year. They picked up Icarus at Sundance about a marathon biker who discovered the Russian Olympic scandal. Another of their picks is Strong Island, a story of an African-American transgender filmmaker’s family history and his brother’s murder.
Another current topic for documentaries is Syria, with Last Men in Aleppo making the cut out of the multiple well-regarded 2017 docs. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail follows the only bank that faced criminal charges after the 2008 financial crisis.
The Academy always loves a story of creativity and adversity though, and Faces Places fits the bill as the most likely frontrunner of the year. This follows director Agnes Varda and artist JR as they travel France and discover each other’s create passions.
- Faces Places
- Last Men in Aleppo
- Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
- Strong Island