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.