January 15, 2015

“Citizenfour,” Laura Poitras’ cinematic ticktock revealing the story behind the NSA revelations of Edward Snowden, has been nominated for an Oscar in the “Best Documentary” category.

The news sparked jubilation on Twitter from staffers at First Look Media, who work with Poitras at The Intercept.

The movie is up against four other films: “Finding Vivian Maier,” a movie “about a mysterious nanny” who covertly snapped 100,000 photographs; “Last Days in Vietnam,” which is pretty much what it sounds like; “Salt of the Earth,” which follows a wildlife photographer’s peregrinations; and “Virunga,” which documents the struggle to save wild gorillas amid a civil war.

Meanwhile, “Life Itself,” the unflinching biopic of Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, is not in contention for an Oscar. Newly minted New York Times “Carpetbagger” Cara Buckley called it a “snub.”

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Benjamin Mullin is the managing editor of Poynter.org. He previously reported for Poynter as a staff writer, Google Journalism Fellow and Naughton Fellow, covering journalism…
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