Oscars 2022: Best Documentary Feature Predictions

Oscars 2022: Best Documentary Feature Predictions
Every January, the Sundance Film Festival launches a slew of documentary Oscar contenders, and 2021 was no exception. While notable recent examples of fall openers winning Oscars include “Citizenfour” and “Free Solo” — and last year’s Netflix winner “My Octopus Teacher” played no festivals at all — most eventual Oscar nominees got their initial boost at Sundance and became must-sees for the expanding list of increasingly international documentary branch voters.

Emerging strong from Sundance 2021 was Nanfu Wang’s daring China Covid expose “In the Same Breath” (HBO Documentary Films), which went from opening the festival to winning the SXSW audience award and is shortlisted for the IDA, as well as “Rbg” directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s “My Name Is Pauli Murray” (Amazon Original Documentary), an archive portrait of a powerful influencer over decades of activism from the ’40s through the ’80s, which was nominated for several Critics Choice Awards, along
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