If you listened to our series with the filmmakers behind the documentaries nominated for Academy Awards, you may have been in suspense over who would take home the gold.
Last night, Charles Ferguson's Inside Job took won the Oscar for best feature documentary during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. The film investigates the culture of greed and corruption in Wall Street that inflated the financial bubble that finally burst in 2008.
During his acceptance speech with producer Audrey Marrs, Ferguson was still very passionate about the message of his film. He gave a non-traditional opening to his acceptance speech:
Forgive me, I must start by pointing out that three years after a horrific financial crisis caused by massive fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail and that's wrong.
When Ferguson spoke about his nomination on our program, he said that the topic seemed "irresistible."
When gigantic financial institutions began collapsing on approximately a weekly basis - and then, of course, in September of 2008 on practically a daily basis - it seemed that there was something very important here. And I had a prior academic life that had trained me in some of the relevant disciplines and, you know, it just seemed like a very important thing that I thought I could do well.
It seems the Academy agreed.
I'm just still a little bit disappointed that Exit Through the Gift Shop's Banksy did not make an appearance (though Justin Timberlake made a "confession" that he is actually the elusive British street artist).