Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Industry Asks Academy to Consider Gasland Ineligible For Oscar

Energy in Depth (EID), the industry group that spends most of it's time fighting federal regulation of the Oil and Gas Industry, sent a letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences claiming Gasland should be ineligible for Best Documentary Oscar. This shouldn't come as a big surprise since EID is closely affiliated with the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA). EID's Executive Director, Lee Fuller is the IPAA's Vice President of Government Affairs.

The letter states the following:

As found on the Academy’s official website, on a page entitled “Special Rules for the Documentary Awards,” a feature-length documentary film can only be considered eligible for Oscar consideration if, among many other things, it is a “theatrically released nonfiction motion picture dealing creatively with cultural, artistic, historical, social, scientific, economic or other subjects.” Importantly, the description also indicates that the film must maintain an “emphasis … on fact and not on fiction.” As we demonstrate below and in the attached, the film GasLand, which was nominated for an award in this category late last month, falls short of this description in a number of significant ways.

Click here to read EID's letter and their "Debunking Gasland" letter.

EID has been trying to discredit Gasland for months and months. Josh Fox released this "Affirming Gasland" back in September. We can only hope the Academy sees through the EID lies and awards Gasland this well-deserved honor.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have a feeling the Academy could care less what the Oil & Gas Industry thinks. It is crazy the time and money the industry takes to discredit everyone of us instead of just "drilling right".
They are pond scum.