Tonight, the IDA announced winners in seven categories for this Friday's IDA Awards (must admit that I don't understand the logic in this, but...) and the headline is that Oscar snubbed ANVIL will walk off with at least one award but Oscar frontrunner THE COVE has been shut out.
While the IDA is keeping secret the winners in its Best Documentary and Best Short Documentary categories, they have pulled back the curtain on their other winners, spotlighting that ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL, which is also nominated in the Feature category, will take home the 3-year old Music Documentary prize, besting such films as the Oscar shortlisted SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION and IT MIGHT GET LOUD.
THE COVE, which is not in the running for Best Feature Doc, was only nominated for the Pare Lorentz Award, given to the the film that best deals with the environment, justice for all and/or the illumination of pressing social problems - and in what has to be considered a surprise, Irene Taylor Brodsky's Oscar nominated short film THE FINAL INCH not only was named the winner over THE COVE, but also over feature nominees FOOD, INC. and MUGABE AND THE WHITE AFRICAN. Three years ago, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH picked up this prize en route to the Oscars.
Amongst films on the Oscar shortlist, only one was named a winner today - Mai Iskander's GARBAGE DREAMS picked up the new IDA Humanitas Award, given to a film that strives to unify the human family "by exploring the stories of human beings who are different in culture, race, lifestyle, political loyalties and religious beliefs in order to break down the wall of ignorance and fear that separates us".
Stanley Nelson's WOUNDED KNEE picked up the ABCNews VideoSource Award, for best use of stock footage (all these years and I still can't manage to write that without laughing). Other nominees included the Oscar shortlisted MUGABE, VALENTINO and SERGIO, although I'm not really sure that there's a direct path from the Best Use of Stock Footage prize to the Kodak Theater.
Finally, POV will receive the Continuing Series Award, based on three submitted "episodes", one of which was Yung Chang's award-winning UP THE YANGTZE.
Full list of winners and remaining nominees after the jump.