The Cove Wins Best Doc Oscar

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All in all, I found the speeches at last night’s Oscars rather vanilla. But a notable exception came when The Cove, the film that exposed the secret dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan, won for best documentary. I was tickled to see director Louie Psihoyos and dolphin activist (and former Flipper trainer) Ric O’Barry accept their award, not just because I liked the movie, but because O’Barry gleefully held up a big sign urging viewers to speak out about dolphin slaughter via text message. So much better than “I’d like to thank the Academy” followed by a littany of names! Read our review of The Cove here and our interview with O’Barry and Psihoyos here.

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