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From Prop. 8 to Joe Paterno, six contenders for feature documentary
From Prop. 8 to Joe Paterno, six contenders for feature documentary

It's notoriously hard to predict which feature documentaries will end up as the film academy's final five nominees, but surveying the field, one thing is clear: It's been an extraordinary year for nonfiction on-screen. Even discounting long shots like "20,000 Days on Earth," a riveting mixed-media portrait of doom-laden rocker Nick Cave, or "Actress," which follows Brandy Burre, a onetime star of "The Wire" as she tries to reenter the business after a long hiatus, one could make a solid case for dozens of films. In recent years, voters have favored long-form documentaries with great stories behind the lens as well as in front of it. Here are...

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