LIFE ITSELF Snubbed by Oscars
January 15, 2015 by Screenmag
Once again, it's all about Siskel and Ebert in Chicago. It’s a bittersweet day for Chicago's documentary community as the critically acclaimed exploration of the great Roger Ebert, LIFE ITSELF, was a surprising snub when the Oscar nominations were announced this morning. The documentary was considered by many to be a favorite to win this year's Oscar, alongside the Edward Snowden documentary CITIZENFOUR (which was nominated). On a very positive note, however, the Chicago-made FINDING VIVIAN MAIER, from John Maloof and Charlie Siskel (nephew of the late Gene Siskel), did receive an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary.
It's yet another shocking snub for LIFE ITSELF director Steve James. Most in the documentary world believe his 2011 masterpiece THE INTERRUPTERS was egregiously passed over by Oscar voters. And the 1994 snub of the now-legendary HOOP DREAMS is still considered by many to be one of the greatest travesties in Oscar history.
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More about FINDING VIVIAN MAIER: Throughout her life, photographer Vivian Maier worked as a nanny and kept her photographs hidden from the world. After acquiring thousands of her negatives in an auction, John Maloof set out to discover more about the enigmatic woman whose affinity for outsiders and the disenfranchised is reflected in her work.
More about LIFE ITSELF: Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF, explores Roger Ebert's legacy--his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times, his turn as screenwriter of BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, his on and off screen relationship with Gene Siskel, all culminating in his ascension as one of the most influential cultural voices in America.