'Buck' Shortlisted for Best Documentary Oscar Nomination

The documentary 'Buck', which tells the story of Sheridan-area horse clinician Buck Brannaman, has seen its fair share of accolades since its release, and now it's being talked about as Oscar-worthy.

Brannaman confirmed Wednesday that they are in the running for "Best Documentary" for the 2011 Oscars, but said that they won't know until the top five are announced on January 24th. Ballots went out Tuesday for voting.

The film won an audience award at the Sundance Film Festival this past spring, along with being recognized at several others it appeared in overseas.

Joe Morgenstern listed the film in his 10 Best Ffilms of 2011 article in the Wall Street Journal; in fact, it was the only documentary on the list.

“Few of us city dwellers ever get to meet the sort of American portrayed in Cindy Meehl's documentary – a middle-age Cowboy who gives horse training clinics," reads the review in last Friday's Journal.

“Even in his own territory, though, Buck Brannaman is one of a kind, a man who has learned to give horses the love he lacked as a child.”

As for the Academy Awards, we will have to wait to see when the official nominations come out on the 24th.

The 84th Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 26th.