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In the classic 'Looney Tunes' Roadrunner cartoons, whenever Wile E. Coyote was just about to capture his nemesis, an anvil would suddenly come out of the sky and drill him right in the head as punishment for his arrogance. Hopefully the voters of the Academy Awards were taking notice, because there's a giant-size 'Anvil!' heading their way and it's picking up speed.

As detailed in the Hollywood Reporter, the acclaimed documentary feature 'Anvil! the Story of Anvil' took home the big prize at the International Documentary Association Awards last Friday, winning the award in the feature documentary category. The movie by Sacha Gervasi, which documents the fortunes and misfortunes of Canadian metal band Anvil, also won the previously-announced IDA award for music documentary, cementing its place as the most acclaimed and decorated documentary film of the season. In the classic 'Looney Tunes' Roadrunner cartoons, whenever Wile E. Coyote was just about to capture his nemesis, an anvil would suddenly come out of the sky and drill him right in the head as punishment for his arrogance. Hopefully the voters of the Academy Awards were taking notice, because there's a giant-size 'Anvil!' heading their way and it's picking up speed.

As detailed in the Hollywood Reporter, the acclaimed documentary feature 'Anvil! the Story of Anvil' took home the big prize at the International Documentary Association Awards last Friday, winning the award in the feature documentary category. The movie by Sacha Gervasi, which documents the fortunes and misfortunes of Canadian metal band Anvil, also won the previously-announced IDA award for music documentary, cementing its place as the most acclaimed and decorated documentary film of the season.

One award the film won't be receiving, however, is the Academy Award, for a simple reason: It isn't nominated. Instead, the Oscars are once again courting controversy in the documentary category by snubbing the popular favorite in favor of lesser known features. And 'Anvil!' is not alone; other high profile documentaries, including Michael Moore's 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' Chris Rock's 'Good Hair,' James Toback's look at former heavyweight champion 'Tyson' and R. J. Cutler's peek inside the fashion industry, 'The September Issue,' were also passed over when the Academy released it's short list of 15 finalists for this year's ceremony.

This isn't the first time the Academy has decided to ignore popular acclaim in order to reward more obscure documentaries; indeed, outcry over past injustices recently led the Academy to alter the nomination process for the category, which previously had been ruled over by a small panel of industry wonks.

The IDA wins by 'Anvil!,' however, further underscore the idea that more changes are necessary to ensure that the best documentaries of the year get proper consideration and recognition from the industry's leading awards ceremony. After all, the Oscars are the only mainstream publicity most docs will receive, which in turn affects the financial future of the entire genre.

You don't need to be hit on the head with an anvil to see the importance of that.