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5 Great Documentaries: And The Oscar Goes To…

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5 Great Documentaries: And The Oscar Goes To…

With the 82nd annual Academy Awards ceremony coming up this weekend, I’m looking forward to seeing which movies do well–especially those nominated for best documentary. Documentaries are especially favored, because they combine several things I love: art, activism, and story telling.

A great documentary often captivates a mainstream audience, stimulates awareness and interest, and inspires viewers to take action. Whether the subject is food, dolphins, the American president, Burma or immigration, a good documentary often forever changes the way I look at something.

Here are five nominated to win an Oscar this year:

Editor’s Note: Click to the last page to see this year’s winner, announced Sunday evening, March 7, 2010.

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Megan Zehnder

Megan is an editor and producer for Care2's Healthy Living. Her main priorities are to live simply and build meaningful relationships with the people in her life. She loves to write and talk about environmental issues, healthy living, and women's rights. Beyond that, her interests change daily, but eating and cooking vegetarian food is always a favorite.


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7:31PM PST on Nov 21, 2013

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2:44PM PDT on Mar 24, 2010

I've heard of some of these films, not all, but they all sound very interesting. Can't wait to see some of them!

3:18AM PDT on Mar 20, 2010

Firstly, congrats to The Cove! Secondly, thanks for this article - this is a good list, most of these movies will go on my must-watch list :)

8:20PM PDT on Mar 16, 2010

Congrats to "The Cove" for winning best picture! Thank you Ric O'Barry for everything you are doing to help the dolphins in Japan! I had the privilege of meeting Ric back in the late 80's when he was a guest speaker at a conference I was attending. A truly remarkable man who has dedicated himself to helping these intelligent creatures. Hopefully winning the Oscar will help to raise awareness of this issue worldwide and lead to the end of this brutal hunt in Japan.

1:00PM PDT on Mar 14, 2010

I could not finish watching Food Inc. I am not a vegetarian. I certainly was sickened. But- saying this- I am glad I rented it and watched what I could. I have not seen the Cove, look forward to it!

Thank you- as always.


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