“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.
Fuck Yeah CITIZENFOUR #Oscars2015
— Liliana Segura (@LilianaSegura) January 15, 2015
Congrats to my brilliant colleague Laura Poitras!!!! CITIZENFOUR nominated for Best Documentary Oscar!
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 15, 2015
Congrats to Laura Poitras! @citizenfour nominated for Academy Award!
— jeremy scahill (@jeremyscahill) January 15, 2015
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.”
so far biggest feature snubs at Oscars are Life Itself and Lego Movie.
— Cara Buckley (@caraNYT) January 15, 2015