The CoveThough they aren't the most popular Oscar categories in terms of TV audience interest, the Documentary Feature and Foreign Language Film categories typically produce the most controversies of Academy Award seasons. It's not because there are more eligible contenders -- there were 65 eligible foreign films, 89 docs and 274 features -- but because supporters of docs and foreign films are extremely ardent.

In the case of foreign films, of course, fans are also extremely nationalistic, which turns some of the preliminary races into cultural border wars. And since most documentaries advocate some kind of political action or reform, their supporters consider awards for them essential to humankind -- and they suspect conspiracies when their films are ignored. But at the end of the nominating process, both ballots end up with five titles on them, and they are the focus here.
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