The Academy Awards are less than two weeks away and everyone is in a heated debate on the leading categories and just how the battle between “12 Years A Slave” and “Gravity” will shake out, but is anyone worried about the documentary race?

As Indiewire points out, with the voting body for the documentary category greatly expanded, the winner is more likely to be a popularity contest, which pits the personal (“20 Feet From Stardom”) against the political (“The Act of Killing”) for the ultimate victory. The LA Times seems to think that the personal, crowd pleaser, has the victory all but locked up, with the remaining contenders being “Dirty Wars,” “Cutie and the Boxer” and “The Square.”

PBS feels the politics of the documentary genre are in need of a shake up considering the snub of Sarah Polley’s universally acclaimed “Stories We Tell“, a hybrid documentary of dramatization and of fact. They feel the Academy is still drawn to films of important social with moral messages, which puts “The Act of Killing” at the top of the list.

For the first time in memory, the general population can actually watch these films that might not make their way to your local theater. Netflix is currently streaming FOUR out of the five documentary nominees – meaning this is a category you can be well versed in by the time you show up for your Oscar Party.

Be sure to scour Netflix, Amazon Instant, Vimeo and Hulu for the latest documentaries creeping into your electronic devices without the fanfare of a wide theatrical release.

Over 25 award winning Cinema Libre Titles are available  streaming on Hulu for free!

We have also launched a Vimeo On Demand channel with an ever growing library.

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