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The Interrupters Snubbed by Oscars

By Rob Christopher in Arts & Entertainment on Nov 21, 2011 4:40PM

Dear Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,

You just don't get it, do you?

The Interrupters currently boasts a 99% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and regularly sells out screenings everywhere it plays. It's one of the most acclaimed films of the year of any genre, period.

Yet you've chosen to continue a tradition which dates at least as far back as Hoop Dreams, another amazing documentary from Kartemquin. In other words The Interrupters is nowhere to be found on the Best Documentary Feature shortlist. At least it's in good company; we couldn't help noticing that you've also given the cold shoulder to Errol Morris' Tabloid, Werner Herzog' s Into the Abyss, and Asif Kapadia's Senna.

If you're still wondering why so many people think the Oscars is joke--well, one good reason is staring you right in the face. It's true that there's a remote possibility The Interrupters will get a Best Picture nomination, but forgive us if we don't hold our collective breath. Luckily we know that Kartemquin will keep on doing what they're doing regardless. They're not resting on their laurels, waiting around for your accolades. And we're thrilled that The Interrupters is coming back to The Siskel in December, giving Chicagoans another chance to see their excellent work.

Still, we wish you weren't so tone deaf. Perhaps you could make it up to us by giving Bill Murray an honorary Oscar next year?