Annal: 2006 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature

Results of the Academy Award® in the year 2006.

Film:March of the Penguins

March of the Penguins

Luc Jacquet

In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family. This courtship will begin with a long journey—a journey that will take them hundreds of miles across the continent by foot, in freezing cold temperatures, in brittle, icy winds and through deep, treacherous waters. They will risk starvation and attack by dangerous predators, under the harshest conditions on earth, all to find true love.

Film:Darwin's Nightmare

Darwin's Nightmare

Hubert Sauper

In the 1950s or 1960s, the Nile perch was released into the Lake Victoria. In just a few decades, the large, voracious predator has all but eliminated the other species of fish, turning the lake into an ecological wasteland. ‘But economically, it’s good’—and indeed, perch fillet is Tanzania’s best selling export to Europe. Fishermen, factory workers, civil servants, pilots of cargo aircrafts, delegates of the European Commission, communities living around Lake Victoria: plenty of people are involved in some way in this new industry. But if Africa exports hundreds of tons of premium-priced fish each day, what exactly do Africans get in return?

Film:Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Alex Gibney

One of the greatest scandals in American corporate history is chronicled in the riveting documentary Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. Based on the bestselling book by Fortune magazine reporters Bethany McLean and Peter Elkin, and directed by Alex Gibney (who also produced The Trials of Henry Kissinger), the film is an epic morality tale, drawing upon a wealth of insider interviews and archival material to show how Enron, once the nation’s seventh largest corporate entity, essentially faked its bookkeeping to report profits that never…

Film:Murderball (2005)

Murderball

Dana Adam Shapiro, Henry Alex Rubin

More than merely a sports documentary or an inspirational profile of triumph over adversity, Murderball offers a refreshing and progressive attitude toward disability while telling unforgettable stories about uniquely admirable people. It’s ostensibly a film about quadriplegic rugby (or “Murderball,” as it was formerly known), in which players with at least some loss of physical function in all four limbs navigate modified wheelchairs in a hardcore, full-contact sport that takes them all the way to the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece, in 2004.…

Film:Street Fight

Street Fight

Marshall Curry

A hotly contested political race generates a wealth of drama in this documentary from filmmaker Marshall Curry.

Sharpe James is a veteran politician who has been mayor of Newark, NJ, since 1986; by the admission of his own spokespeople, James is a “machine” politician who uses muscle and influence to get things done, and while he’s enjoyed the fruits of his success, his administration has been accused of having a long history of corruption. In 2002, Cory Booker, a lawyer who was a member of the Newark City Council, announced he was running for mayor, and it didn’t take long for the contest to get ugly. Booker was a graduate of Yale Law School, a Rhodes Scholar, and an advocate of more open and honest government, and James and his staff wasted no time in attacking his qualifications and personality in public.

While both candidates were African-American, James chose to play the race card, questioning if Booker was “black”…[more]

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