When TakePart spoke to Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill a few weeks back for their Oscar-nominated documentary short Redemption—a film that travels with a community of New York City can recyclers—the filmmakers weren’t just being humble when they said they were honored to be nominated.
“Oscars for filmmakers are a chance to expand the conversation, and the films that get as far as ours have are fortunate," Alpert told TakePart.
Added O’Neill, “It’s like a great testament to the way documentaries have ambitions to change the world and make it a better place. We all wrestle with really important topics that the world needs to know more about.”
Although the Redemption team’s comments were directed toward the documentary category, many of this year’s Academy Award nominees, fiction and nonfiction alike, have already achieved something every maker of meaningful films hopes to achieve—they have furthered a conversation to the point where action has been taken to make the world a better place.
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