Troop greeters documentary fails to make cut for Oscar

Posted Nov. 19, 2009, at 8:46 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The documentary film about the Bangor International Airport troop greeters already has won plenty of prizes and awards, but an Oscar may not be one of them.

“The Way We Get By” did not make the list of 15 documentaries still being considered for the 2010 Academy Award for best documentary feature. The list was released Wednesday night.

There were 89 films eligible for consideration for the Oscar this year.

“The Way We Get By” director Aron Gaudet, who is from Old Town, could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Documentary filmmaker A.J. Schnack mentioned the film’s omission from the list on his blog, “All These Wonderful Things.”

“I’m also surprised that my dark horse candidate, Aron Gaudet’s ‘The Way We Get By’ — a film that I thought could actually score a nomination — failed to make the cut, particularly in a year when a number of smaller films did,” he wrote.

Also left off the list was “Capitalism: A Love Story,” by Michael Moore, who won the Oscar in 2002 for “Bowling for Columbine.”

“Capitalism” has taken in more than $14 million at the box office.

“The Way We Get By” will, however, be up for at least one award in the coming months. The Cinema Eye Honors, which recognize nonfiction filmmaking, recently announced “The Way We Get By” is a nominee for Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Film Feature. The awards ceremony is Jan. 15 in New York City.

In addition to screenings this week in Portland, Fryeburg, and Columbia, S.C., the film will be shown at the St. Louis International Film Festival this weekend and in Oklahoma City next week.

The selections this year are “The Beaches of Agnes,” “Burma VJ,” “The Cove,” “Every Little Step,” “Facing Ali”; “Food, Inc.,” “Garbage Dreams,” “Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders,” “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers,” “Mugabe and the White African,” “Sergio,” “Soundtrack for a Revolution,” “Under Our Skin,” “Valentino: The Last Emperor” and “Which Way Home.”

Five documentary features from that list will be chosen as nominees for the 82nd Academy Awards. Nominations will be announced Feb. 2, 2010, and the awards will be presented March 7.

The Academy Awards documentary short list is determined by a committee of members of the academy’s documentary branch who vote by secret ballot. The top vote-getters make up the short list.

Films that were not on the documentary feature short list are still eligible for Best Picture nominations.