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2014 Oscar nominations for Best Documentary analyzed

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For many people the Oscar’s Best Documentary category is one of the hardest to predict. Documentaries are not as widely available as most of the feature films that get nominated. So many people don’t get a chance to see them. The five films nominated this year are all excellent. Of course a film doesn’t get nominated unless it’s good. So if you get the opportunity, then you should definitely check them out. However, if we’re being realistic that may not happen before the Academy Awards on March 2nd.

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The nominees are varied with subjects ranging from back up singers to the Egyptian revolution. Each has the potential of taking home a statue, but some may have a better chance than others. If you examine the award winners of the past few years some clues emerge, but which one will win?

The following is a list of the nominees ordered from least likely to most likely to receive the Oscar this year. Included is a brief synopsis of each film and a list of reason why the film might not win, and why it may. You can also check out the trailers to get a better idea of what they’re all about.


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