In a major surprise, director Gabriela Cowperthwaite and her film “Blackfish” will not be going to the 86th Academy Awards.
The documentary, which focuses on the consequences of whales in captivity, was arguably the most impactful film of 2013 causing SeaWorld’s attendance to drop and international attention on the issue. Ever humble, in an interview last month, Cowperthwaite said she was “rendered speechless” to even have her film on the Academy’s shortlist for documentary nominations.
“As a documentarian you’re just hoping that your film goes out there and does good work,” she added. “To think you might get the biggest filmic acknowledgement in the world—I just don’t have any words.”
The truth of the matter is, with or without recognition from the Academy, the film has done incredible work and has potentially changed the future for orcas in captivity. Still, we’re calling it a major snub. The film didn’t just make an impact. It was also one of the most powerful documentaries we’ve ever seen.
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