A total of 126 documentaries were eligible for an Academy Award this year, and a selection committee recently narrowed those down to 15 hopefuls for five nominations. Dozens were snubbed, but the producers of 2016: Obama’s America say their film’s exclusion is evidence of something more sinister.
The anti-Obama film directed by Dinesh D’Souza was roundly panned by critics, though it rode word of mouth to a $33 million gross. D’Souza said the film’s success would have resulted in a nomination if it weren’t for Hollywood’s bias. "Liberal political ideology, not excellence, is the true standard of what receives awards," he said.
Gerald Molen, a 2016 producer who won an Oscar for Schindler’s List, echoed the director’s accusation, adding: "America went to see the documentary in spite of how Hollywood feels about it."
2016 is currently the second highest-grossing documentary in America, behind Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, which was not eligible for an Oscar.