The winner of the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary goes to The Cove. Actor now producer Fisher Stevens did most of the talking thanking everyone involved including the director. Unfortunately we didn’t get to hear from the other two winners because the music began to play them off, which might have had something to do with them holding up a giant sign with a text number on it.

See who they beat out this year in the Best Documentary category…

The Nominees for Best Documentary were:

  • Burma VJ– Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
  • The Cove – Fisher Stevens
  • Food, Inc.– Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
  • The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers – Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
  • Which Way Home-  Rebecca Cammisa

Burma VJ: This crime documentary, uses smudge footage to tell the story of the 2007 protests in Burma by thousands of monks. More than 100,000 people took to the streets protesting a cruel dictatorship that has held the country hostage for more than 40 years. Foreign news crews were banned, the Internet was shut down, and Burma was closed to the outside world. These monks used pocket-sized video cameras to make sure the world knew what was going on.

The Cove: The Cove is a documentary by Louie Psihoyos that tells the story of an elite team of activists, filmmakers and free-divers who go on a mission to a specific cove in Taiji, Japan, where approximately 23,000 dolphins are killed every year. Former dolphin trainer Ric O’ Barry, the man who captured and trained the first five dolphins who played Flipper in the international television sensation is also part of this documentary.  The Cove created to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Food, Inc.: Food, Inc. is a documentary about the state of the food industry within the United States. Food, Inc. discusses how the problems we have with our food in America (E. Coli and Salmonella) have developed, how our society’s food has evolved over the years, why our food is cheaper, where it is coming from, and the unsafe conditions from which it comes from.

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers:  The Most Dangerous Man in Americais the story of how Daniel Ellsberg shook America when he smuggled a top-secret Pentagon study to the New York Times that showed how five Presidents consistently lied to the American people about the Vietnam War that was killing millions and tearing America apart.  This documentary by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith, tells the inside story, for the first time on film, of this pivotal event that changed history and transformed our nation’s political discourse.

Which Way Home: Director Rebecca Cammisa’s film, Which Way Home, is a feature documentary film that follows unaccompanied child migrants, on their journey through Mexico, as they try to reach the United States. This documentary tells the story of those children you never hear about.  These are stories of hope and courage, disappointment and sorrow.

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