Four years ago Davis Guggenheim won an Oscar for the movie that brought global warming into the mainstream: “An Inconvenient Truth.” Last year he came back with “Waiting for Superman,” a documentary that turned the stories of five children struggling through a dilapidated education system into a battle cry for change. As Oscar season approached “Waiting for Superman” pulled in awards, built buzz, and contributed to the national debate over what should be done to improve America’s failing public schools. To the surprise of many, the film did not yield an Oscar nomination. Why not? Did “Waiting for Superman” offer effective, meaningful solutions to the problem it attempts to address?
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