Many people were pissed last month when the Academy revealed its shortlist for the Best Documentary Feature category and Anvil! The Story of Anvil wasn't included. Hopefully fans of the cult doc can relax now, because the film has received two prestigious awards from the International Documentary Association, including the organization's top prize, for Distinguished Feature. Anvil!, which comically follows the titular Canadian heavy metal band on tour and has since made them more famous than ever before, also took home the IDA's award for best music documentary. Director Sacha Gervasi, formerly a roadie for the group, reportedly responded to the film's success by saying, "f**king hell." He, like many others, probably expected Oscar front-runner Food Inc. to win the top award.

It's not at all rare for the IDA and the Academy to disagree on what is the year's best documentary, if only because of qualification issues. Last year there was a tie for the IDA's award for Distinguished Feature between Man on Wire, which went on to win the feature documentary Oscar, and Waltz With Bashir, which wasn't qualified for Academy consideration in the doc category (it was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, however). In 2007, another doc not eligible for the Academy Award, Walk to Beautiful, won over eventual Oscar-winner Taxi to the Dark Side.
categories Oscars, Awards, Cinematical