Historic ‘Honeyland’ Oscar Noms Prove Docs Shouldn’t Just Be Relegated to Doc Category

Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” has been Neon’s crown jewel this Oscar season, but a second Neon release has emerged as a game-changer at the 2020 Academy Awards.

That would be “Honeyland,” Tamara Kotevska and Ljubo Stefanov’s acclaimed documentary about one of the last nomadic beekeepers in Macedonia.

“Honeyland” has written itself into the Oscar history books as the first non-fiction feature to land nominations for Best Documentary and Best International Feature Film (formerly Best Foreign Language Film) in the same year.

Prior to landing its historic two nominations, “Honeyland” was named the documentary masterpiece of Oscar season by IndieWire’s Chris O’Falt.The double nomination for “Honeyland” is an impressive feat, but the surprise around it and the history-making factor is an important reminder that documentaries are often slighted at the Oscars by only being relegated to the Best Documentary race.

In the 92-year history of the Academy Awards,

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