Oscar Noms for The Most Dangerous Man in America; Indie Lens Host Maggie Gyllenhaal

This morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences officially announced that The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. This marks the 11th Academy Award nomination for ITVS.

In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a leading Vietnam War strategist, concludes that America’s role in the war is based on decades of lies. He leaks 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to The New York Times, a daring act of conscience that leads directly to Watergate, President Nixon’s resignation, and the end of the Vietnam War. Ellsberg and a who’s-who of Vietnam-era movers and shakers give a riveting account of those world-changing events. The film is by award-winning filmmakers Judith Ehrlich (The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It) and Rick Goldsmith (Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press). The film will air later this year on P.O.V. on PBS.

Nominees for Best Documentary Feature of the year include:

  • Burma VJ
  • The Cove
  • Food, Inc.
  • The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
  • Which Way Home

Also, Independent Lens series host Maggie Gyllenhaal received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her compelling role as a journalist and single mom in the film Crazy Heart. When shooting the Independent Lens host introductions in New York City last August, Maggie talked about this flim and how proud she was of the work. She praised her co-star Jeff Bridges and predicted that his performance would receive wide acclaim. We want to congratulate Maggie on her Academy Award nomination and are honored to be working with her on Independent Lens.

Nominees for Best Actress in a Supporting Role include:

  • Penélope Cruz in Nine
  • Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal in Crazy Heart
  • Anna Kendrick in Up in the Air
  • Mo’Nique in Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Check out the entire list of this year’s nominees >>

The 2010 Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 7. Stay tuned to Beyond the Box for further coverage.Congratulations and good luck to all the filmmakers!

Watch a clip of The Most Dangerous Man in America:

  • jmurph

    Saw the doc. It missed the point. Due to either the irresponsibility of the filmmakers or just lack of knowledge, it implemented all four presidents in the escalation of this horrible money-making war. When Kennedy finally understood he was being lied to by the Joint Chiefs, he fully intended to pull all troops and advisors out of Vietnam. On Oct. 11, 1963 he issued National Security Memorandum 263, making official government policy the withdrawal from Vietnam of “1000 U.S. military personnel by end of 1963 and by the end of 1965, the bulk of US personnel.

    The Military Industrial Complex is bigger than all presidents. Eisenhower warned us of it, Kennedy got it, and was going to pull all troops out .. and escalate peace, but instead he was killed for it. Yes, LBJ and Nixon were a part of the machine and the courageous Daniel Ellsberg, helped to stop it.

    So in part, the film was good re: Ellsberg, but missing the fact that Vietnam would not even be in our psyche had Kennedy been spared, was missing the larger picture.

  • jmurph

    Saw the doc. It missed the point. Due to either the irresponsibility of the filmmakers or just lack of knowledge, it implemented all four presidents in the escalation of this horrible money-making war. When Kennedy finally understood he was being lied to by the Joint Chiefs, he fully intended to pull all troops and advisors out of Vietnam. On Oct. 11, 1963 he issued National Security Memorandum 263, making official government policy the withdrawal from Vietnam of “1000 U.S. military personnel by end of 1963 and by the end of 1965, the bulk of US personnel.

    The Military Industrial Complex is bigger than all presidents. Eisenhower warned us of it, Kennedy got it, and was going to pull all troops out .. and escalate peace, but instead he was killed for it. Yes, LBJ and Nixon were a part of the machine and the courageous Daniel Ellsberg, helped to stop it.

    So in part, the film was good re: Ellsberg, but missing the fact that Vietnam would not even be in our psyche had Kennedy been spared, was missing the larger picture.