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The Act of Killing and Alex Gibney double BAFTA nominees

BAFTA documentary nominees 2014This morning BAFTA announced the nominees for its annual awards ceremony. This year, for the first time, the academy picked not three films to compete for the Best Documentary accolade, but five.

Early this morning BAFTA was buzzing: which films would remain in the running for one of the most sought-after awards in the UK? Finally it was announced that nominated in the Best Documentary category are the following films:

The Act of Killing by Joshua Oppenheimer

The Armstrong Lie by Alex Gibney

Blackfish by Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Tim’s Vermeer by Penn and Teller

We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks by Alex Gibney

The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer’s acclaimed documentary film about the horrific crimes committed by Indonesia’s death squads, also received an extra nod, that of Best Film not in the English Language.

As far as filmmaker Alex Gibney goes, we don’t know how he does it, making film after film – all with an impressive investigative quality. During the London Film Festival back in October we asked him to tell DocGeeks his secret, and here is the outcome of that chat.

The BAFTA’s 2014 seem to closely reflect the ideas of the Oscars, with all the documentaries bar one (We Steal Secrets) also nominated for the US main prize.

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Alexandra Zeevalkink is a Dutch-born journalist living in London who founded DocGeeks in August 2011 in order to have a legitimate excuse to watch every documentary under the sun. She freelances for various publications and writes mainly about documentaries and the film production industry. When she is not blogging or watching films, she enjoys theater, photography and reading loads of books. She is always on the look out for potential partnerships with other creative minds.

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