Oscar-Nominated Documentaries to Stream Now

Christina Knight | February 21, 2019

POV Minding the GapThree films nominated for Oscars from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are streaming now on THIRTEEN, New York’s public media station. Hale County This Morning, This Evening (Independent Lens) and Minding the Gap (POV) are nominated for Best Documentary Feature and A Night At the Garden (POV) is nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject.

Watch all three films before the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 25 at 8 p.m.

A Night at the Garden from POV

In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism – an event largely forgotten from American history. A Night At the Garden by director Marshall Curry uses striking archival fragments recorded that night to transport us into this gathering.

The film captures Fritz Kuhn, the leader of the German American Bund and German immigrant, as he urges his supporters to mistrust the media and free America from the influence of Jews, and 26-year-old Jewish Brooklynite Isadore Greenbaum, who rushed the stage in protest.

At 7 minutes and 34 seconds, the film is perhaps the shortest documentary ever to be nominated in its category. Curry’s aim in making it this link is to have as many people as possible watch it. He edited the short film to let viewers “have the experience of being dropped into this rally, and not understand what was going on,” Curry told On the Media in an interview.

Curry also said, “The point of the film is to keep us from being complacent … If you don’t know that any Americans ever supported Nazi ideology, it’s easy to assume that there’s no threat today.”

The documentary reminds New Yorkers that it happened here, in a marquee event at Madison Square Garden, on a stage with a huge portrait of the American icon George Washington as a backdrop.

Watch the film now, or above.

See all the Oscar nominees for Documentary (Short Subject).

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Minding the Gap from POV

First-time filmmaker Bing Liu’s documentary Minding the Gap is a coming-of-age saga of three skateboarding friends in their Rust Belt hometown: Rockford, IL. While navigating a complex relationship between his camera and his friends, Bing explores the gap between fathers and sons, between discipline and domestic abuse and ultimately that precarious chasm between childhood and becoming an adult.

As the film unfolds, Bing captures 23-year-old Zack’s tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend deteriorate after the birth of their son and 17-year-old Keire struggling with his racial identity as he faces new responsibilities following the death of his father.

Minding the Gap is more than a celebration of skateboarding. With sensitivity, the director, Bing Liu, delves into some of the most painful and intimate details of his friends’ lives and his own.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Keeping the rough edges in place makes this portrait of youth feel acutely intimate and thrillingly alive.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.

Watch the film now through March 3.

See all the Oscar nominees for Documentary (Feature).

Hale County This Morning, This Evening from Independent Lens

RaMell Ross’s Oscar-nominated Hale County This Morning, This Evening, one of the year’s most critically acclaimed films, is a dreamy and intimate journey through the world of Hale County, Alabama, a richly detailed glimpse into life in America’s Black Belt.

Watch the film now through February 25.


“It forces us to reflect on the representation of blackness in a whole new light.” – Courtney Small, Cinema Axis

“A 76-minute visual poem.” – David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle

“You could call it a transcendental scrapbook, because it wipes away the muck of subjectivity that guides most movies.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety

See all the Oscar nominees for Documentary (Feature).

Oscar-Nominated Actors

For more Oscar-related buzz on THIRTEEN, watch Season 9 of Variety Studio: Actors on Actors, featuring conversations between actors, many of whom are in the running for an Oscar this weekend:

Lady Gaga (A Star is Born) and Lin-Manuel Miranda in Episode 5; Mahershala Ali (Green Book) and John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman) in Episode 1; Glenn Close (The Wife) and Sam Elliott (A Star is Born) in Episode 4; Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) and Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther) in Episode 2, and many more.