Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris, 1988) and PGA Nominations

I recently watched Errol Morris' groundbreaking political documentary The Thin Blue Line from 1988 which reviews the case of Randal Adams, a man who was convicted for the shooting murder of Dallas Police Officer Robert Wood and placed on death row. His case is reviewed throughout the duration of the film as the crime is recreated, the evidence is presented and Morris interviews Adams and David Harris, the 16 year-old juvenile who had been with Adams on the night and identified him as the killer. He also gathers new testimony from Adams' legal counsel and from notable witnesses who testified at the convicting trial. It is captivating and intriguing, and the score by Phillip Glass is wonderful. Following the release of the film, Randal Adams was released after serving more than 12 years in prison and coming within 72 hours of being put to death. Highly recommended!!

Now, here are the Producers Guild of America nominations for Best Motion Picture. This is usually a pretty good guide for the films selected on Oscar Day.

127 Hours - Danny Boyle, Christian Colson
Black Swan - Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver
Inception - Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas
The Fighter - David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Mark Wahlberg
The Kids Are All Right - Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray
The King's Speech - Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
The Social Network - Dana Brunetti, Cean Chaffin, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin
The Town - Basil Iwanyk, Graham King
Toy Story 3 - Darla K. Anderson
True Grit - Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Scott Rudin

All the usual suspects again, but i think The Town will lose it's spot to Winter's Bone. Thoughts?

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