In 2002, the highlight of the Oscars was a short film (which is online) with 98 people (many famous, some not) talking about their favorite movies. He shot 25 hours of film. The short was 4 minutes 15 seconds.
Ann Thompson reports in the Hollywood Reporter that Morris made another short for Sunday's Oscars while
working on his Abu Ghraib film.
He interviewed 130 Oscar nominees for what was supposed to be a 4 minute short. It ended up being
4 minutes and 40 seconds long. All of the 130 people he interviewed appear in it (Thompson writes that on the other film, "Morris caught hell from some of the luminaries he left out, like U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky").
In the article, he mentions he hopes he'll be able to make a longer film out of the interviews. I hope he is able to this time.
He had wanted to make a longer version of the 2002 short, but abandonned the project. There is an example of what he was hoping to do - edit in the favorite films of people as they talked about them (in this case the Donald talking about Citizen Kane). I wonder the reason he didn't complete it had to do with the cost of the rights to use the clips from films (I think one reason LA Plays Itself isn't available on DVD is because of rights issues).
Originally posted on tigerbeat.vox.com