DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that Kukan and Target for Tonight from 1941 were the first awardees of the Academy Award for Documentary Feature? This 1941 award given for feature-length documentaries was first given as Special Awards. Since then, the Academy Award for Documentary Feature has been awarded to deserving documentaries each year. Until now, it is every documentary filmmakers dream to be recognized by their target audience and of course by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Winning an Oscar or even being nominated is such a great moment in a filmmaker's career because it may lead to new opportunities for their next films.
Documentary films are a lot more complicated to make compared to other movies. Documentaries tell a true story in its rawest form possible and aim to inspire viewers and spread awareness about a certain subject. Docus oftentimes leaves a certain emotion or effect to its viewers. They could be moving, angering or saddening. The best of the best documentaries have received recognition from award-giving bodies like the Academy. Some of the best Oscar-winning documentary films are Woodstock, American Dream, An Inconvenient Truth, Man on Wire, March of the Penguins, and Bowling for Columbine though there are times when critically acclaimed documentaries like Paris is burning, Fahrenheit 9/11, and The Thin Blue Line were never nominated.