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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.

“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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