Roundups of the Oscar 2008 Best Documentary nominees are at Salon's From "Sicko" to Iraq-o and All These Wonderful Things' Wagering on This Weekend's Doc Awards.
One of the nominees, Taxi to the Dark Side, has been picked up by HBO after being dropped by a spooked Discovery Channel. The movie is about "an innocent Afghan taxi driver tortured to death by U.S. officials at Bagram Air Base, and has received wide critical acclaim since its debut in April at the Tribeca Film Festival. The New York Times’s A.O. Scott said, 'If recent American history is ever going to be discussed with the necessary clarity and ethical rigor, this film will be essential.'" The original big spread in the NYT was quite disturbing.
There's more at Think Progress; here's the trailer: