The Academy Awards are this Sunday and Gasland, one of our eco-faves, is up for a Best Documentary nod. Turns out though, that the natural gas industry was pretty mad about that, and tried to take the movie down before it even had a fighting chance at a golden statue, go figure!
Once the Josh Fox helmed film was nominated, a PR group for the industry petitioned the Academy to disqualify the film, calling it an “expression of stylized fiction” with “errors, inconsistencies and outright falsehoods.” Yeesh.
To which Bruce Davis, the academy’s executive director, responded, “We do not have the resources to vet each claim or implication in the many [documentary] films that compete for our awards each year, and even if we did there would be no shortage of people disputing our conclusions.” He then added, “If facts have been suppressed or distorted, if truth has been twisted, we depend on them [the voters] to sniff that out and vote accordingly.”
Fox, the director of Gasland, said that the efforts by the natural gas industry have actually backfired because, “What they’re doing is calling more attention to the film, so I think it works against them. But I think it shows how aggressive they are, how bullying they are, and how willing they are to lie to promote the falsehood that it’s OK to live in a gas drilling area.” He explained, “What they’re trying to do is make [‘Gasland’] look like a liberal, elite, Michael Moore thing, which of course it isn’t. It’s bipartisan.”
Anyone out there rooting for Gasland to win?? We are!
Via Associated Press