So many documentaries that get nominated for an Oscar at the Academy Awards have a compelling subject. In such a crowded field, how can they get their film over the top?
It turns out that the music can be that thing, as evidenced by this insightful article from John Anderson in the New York Times.
For nonfiction films, traditionally ignored at the Oscars in everything but the actual documentary categories, a song has meant a 100 percent increase in their Academy Award chances. It has also helped raise awareness of what Mr. Guggenheim wryly described as “challenging” films. “So you say, ‘Well, maybe a song by a famous person will help you.’”
See more about the soundtrack-to-Oscar connection here.