And the Oscar Goes to … HBO?!

After ruling the Emmys for years, the network has stealthily used Oscar rules to become a major player in the documentary races.

Last Updated: October 13, 2009 @ 11:26 PM

“Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak,” a 40-minute documentary about the famed children’s author directed by Lance Bangs and Spike Jonze, premieres on HBO on Wednesday night — two days before Jonze’s feature version of Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” hits theaters.

At least, they’re calling it a premiere. In fact, the Sendak film’s actual public debut took place on Aug. 14 at Laemmle’s Town Center, a small multiplex in the Los Angeles suburb of Encino.

It played quietly for one week, the minimum required under rules to qualify … not for an Emmy but for an Academy Award.

Apparently not content with dominating the Emmys, television’s most successful cable network has quietly become a major player at the Academy Awards, as well.

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