Oscar Dreams Gone Bad
Responding to the “Hoop Dreams” controversy, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said he will review how documentaries are nominated for Oscars.
“Hoop Dreams” was not nominated in the documentary feature category despite collecting some of the best reviews for any movie last year.
Critics say the committee’s votes are inexplicable and suggested following Tuesday’s nominations that an overhaul is needed. The committee is composed not of documentary filmmakers but 47 veteran Academy members who volunteer.
In Chicago, meanwhile, one of the high school coaches in the documentary settled his lawsuit against the makers of the movie. Gene Pingatore said the movie was not an accurate reflection of St. Joseph High School in Westchester, or its staff or students.