The Sundance 2023 Oscar Contenders: Jonathan Majors, ‘Past Lives,’ and Lots of Docs

Most Oscar documentary nominees launch at Sundance.

There are exceptions, like winners “Citizenfour,” “Free Solo,” and “My Octopus Teacher,” but it remains the festival of choice for non-fiction films.A Sundance award doesn’t hurt, either: The 2022 documentary Oscar winner, Questlove’s “Summer of Soul,” began its journey as a 2021 Sundance double winner with an Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize.

This year, the Oscar nominees include “Navalny” (U.S.

Documentary audience award), “Fire of Love” (editing award), “All that Breathes,” (Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary), and “House Made of Splinters” (World Cinema Documentary Directing Award).This year’s Sundance crop, sampled by those in Park City theaters as well as online, is just as impressive.

Jury prizes didn’t always go to the buzziest titles, but Sundance award-winners get a lift toward getting seen and often acquired.Sheila Nevin’s MTV Documentary Films grabbed Chilean filmmaker Maite Alberdi’s “The Eternal Memory,

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