Five finalists for top IDA nod

Morgan Spurlock to host the documentary honors Dec. 5

The International Documentary Assn. on Tuesday announced its nominees for the 2008 IDA Documentary Awards. The honors will be bestowed Dec. 5 during a ceremony hosted by director Morgan Spurlock at DGA headquarters.

Features up for distinguished documentary achievement are the boxing biopic "Kassim the Dream"; "Man on Wire," James Marsh's look at Philippe Petit's Twin Towers high-wire stunt; "Stranded: I Have Come From a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains," the chronicle of the infamous 1972 Andes plane crash; the animated war memories of "Waltz With Bashir"; and "Young@Heart," the look at singing senior citizens.

Werner Herzog will receive the Career Achievement award; Rob Epstein will receive the Pioneer Award; Sam Pollard will receive the inaugural Avid Excellence in Editing award; and Stefan Forbes ("Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story") will receive the Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Filmmaker award.

Spurlock most recently made "Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?" He is a producer on the forthcoming documentary "Freakonomics."

"Innovative storytelling, digital editing and sophisticated audiences have opened up the playing field of what a documentary can be," IDA interim executive director Eddie Schmidt said. "So, in choosing a master of ceremonies for this year's event, no one better exemplifies that renegade creative spirit than Morgan Spurlock."