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"Anvil!," "It Might Get Loud" Left Off Oscar Documentary Short List

November 19, 2009 10:03 AM ET

There's the old adage, "If it's too loud, you're too old." Looks like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is older than we thought: two of the year's best and most rocking documentaries, It Might Get Loud and Anvil! The Story of Anvil were both left off the 15-film short list for the Best Documentary Academy Award nominations, /Film reports. Both movies earned three-and-a-half star reviews from Rolling Stone.

Anvil! told the Spinal Tap-esque story of long-running Canadian heavy metal act Anvil. If its any consolation for Anvil, the band saw their film premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, opened for AC/DC, rocked out with Slash, performed on The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien and filmed a cameo for the Seth Rogen action film The Green Hornet. Not bad for a band that flew under the radar for 30 years, but it still would've been cool to see Anvil dressed in tuxes while walking down the red carpet at the 2010 Academy Awards.

It Might Get Loud featured guitar gods Jimmy Page, Jack White and U2's The Edge talking about their craft and trading riffs, culminating in a jaw-dropping jam session. For more on that film and our killer six-string coverage, check out Rolling Stone's Ultimate Guitar Hub.

 

One music-related film did make the Oscar short list, however: Soundtrack for a Revolution, which features the Roots, the Blind Boys of Alabama, John Legend, Wyclef Jean and many more. And in case you're wondering where Michael Jackson is on the short list, Rolling Stone previously noted that This Is It wasn't released before the Oscar deadline, making it ineligible for the documentary category this year.

There were some other notable omissions from the Academy Awards doc short list, including two of our favorites of 2009. "Oscar doc short list leaves out Capitalism and Tyson," Rolling Stone movie critic Peter Travers wrote on his Twitter yesterday. "The NY Times reports that douche is now an acceptable word. Oscar, you're a Doucher!"

Related Stories:
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Anvil's Story Rocks On: Band Hits the Studio, Nabs Slash for Book
"Anvil! The True Story of Anvil": The Year's Great Rock Movie?
Guitar Gods Crank It Up for New Documentary "It Might Get Loud"

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