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"Virunga" (Best Documentary)
A low-key Tribeca Film Festival debut and quick pick-up by Netflix may have kept this conservationist, espionage doc from hitting the awards push in full stride. Earning a few nominations from documentary-minded organization, this inside look into Congo’s national park and an oil company allegedly funneling money into the country’s ape-poaching is as vicious, awe-inspiring, and damning as its competition, without, perhaps, the urgency that would light a fire under American voters. "Virunga" honestly deserves recognition for its cinematography and score, but we won’t push. Let’s get it in the documentary category first.
- Matt Patches