February 26th, 2012
06:38 PM ET
As "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" director Joe Berlinger phrased it on the red carpet for the Academy Awards Sunday, it certainly wasn't "a typical day for a documentary maker, or a guy who was in prison seven months ago."
The guy Berlinger's referring to is Jason Baldwin, one of the West Memphis Three who was released from prison after 18 years last August, and the subject of Berlinger's "Paradise Lost 3" documentary with Bruce Sinofsky.
All three arrived at the Oscars on Sunday, with Baldwin especially taken aback by the transition his life has taken.
"Every day I wake up and I thank God for the community that came together," Baldwin told us on the red carpet. "Everybody came together and made it possible for us to be free now."
And not just out of prison, but also at the Oscars: "I just told Bruce [Sinofsky]," Baldwin said, "do not pinch me because I don’t want to wake up."
"Paradise Lost 3" is nominated for a best documentary feature Oscar at tonight's show.
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