Greener Takes Home the Gold

Her first documentary was nominated for an Oscar. Her second film won.

poster for the film 'inside job'

Film producer Audrey Marrs ’96 accepted the 2011 Academy Award for best documentary feature, alongside director Charles Ferguson, for their movie “Inside Job,” an examination of the causes of the 2008 global economic meltdown.

Oprah Winfrey presented their award at the star-studded 83rd Academy Awards ceremony. In her acceptance speech Marrs said, “Having only made two films, I still feel that Charles and I are newcomers to this community, but from the beginning we’ve been made to feel incredibly welcome and supported, for which I’m immensely grateful.”

For the film, Marrs secured interviews with major financial industry figures, journalists, academics and politicians, including the Bush Administration’s chief economic advisor, Glenn Hubbard; former Bear Stearns chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lane; the International Monetary Fund’s managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn; investor George Soros; former New York governor and attorney general Eliot Spitzer, and financial writer Charles Morris, whose warnings about the impending crisis were ignored.

Audrey Marrs at the Oscars - Getty images

Charles Ferguson (L) and Audrey Marrs, winners of the award for best documentary, in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on February 27, 2011, in Hollywood, California.
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Narrated by actor Matt Damon, “Inside Job” competed for the Oscar against “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” “Gasland,” “Restrepo” and “Waste Land” in the documentary feature category. The film has collected many other prizes, including the Directors Guild Award for directorial achievement in documentary and the documentary screenplay prize from the Writers Guild.

Marrs’ first documentary, “No End in Sight”—which was also produced with Ferguson—was nominated for an Oscar in 2007. “No End in Sight” chronicled the Bush Administration’s disastrous conduct of the war in Iraq. This is the second year in a row that a Greener-produced documentary brought home an Academy Award. Patrick Wright ’91, co-produced the 2010 Oscar-winning documentary short “Music by Prudence.”