EXCLUSIVE: The Academy Awards get a fair amount of coverage (and then some) from Web prognosticators. But a full documentary treatment is a much rarer thing.
That’s the effort the decorated documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman will undertake, directing a documentary about the Oscars for cable network TCM. The pair are just beginning to shoot material but aim to have the film ready in time for broadcast before next year’s show, they said.
The documentary will focus less on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and more on the history of the awards, along with what titles and people have won throughout the ages. "It’s the trends and patterns that interest us,” Epstein said in an interview with The Times.
Epstein is on the Board of Governors of the motion picture academy and said that the movie is being made with the group's cooperation.
There have been compilation films about winners produced previously, but few broadcast pieces take on both the culture and rules that have led to the big winners and upsets over the years (“Shakespeare in Love,” anyone?). This year’s race for best picture — nominees of course will be announced Thursday morning — is believed to be anyone’s game, with no fewer than four movies considered strong contenders.