It looks like Bill Maher wants his movie Religulous to win an Oscar for Best Documentary.
We know that “Religulous” is seriously in the derby for several reasons. First, Lionsgate hired veteran Oscars PR reps to handle its ballyhoo (Michele Robertson in L.A., Jeff Hill in New York). Secondly, the studio is giving the documentary its theatrical runs in L.A. and New York to qualify it for academy consideration, as Jeff Sneider notes at Anne Thompson‘s blog at Variety.com. Thirdly, the hallelujahs that film critics gave it today at the screening. More disciples are sure to follow.
Reporter Tom O’Neil doesn’t stop there.
He thinks Religulous has a fighting chance at winning the Academy Award:
Thus Oscar voters will be forced to pay attention to “Religulous” and, assuming it gets enough good reviews — which I think it will — it will be taken seriously by them as a film. So far it’s not a strong year for documentaries, so, barring divine intervention, I think it’s in the derby.
Imagine all the petty things that already irk the Religious Right.
Now, imagine how entertaining it would be for this documentary to edge out its competitors…
(via Spout Blog)