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Academy Shortlists 15 Documentary Features


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 15 films in the documentary feature category will advance in the voting process for the 86th Oscars. Originally, 147 films had qualified in the category.

The Academy’s documentary branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting. Documentary branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles.

The 15 shortlisted films are:

The Act of Killing, Final Cut for Real

The Armstrong Lie, The Kennedy/Marshall Company

Blackfish, Our Turn Productions

The Crash Reel, KP Rides Again

Cutie and the Boxer, Ex Lion Tamer and Cine Mosaic

Dirty Wars, Civic Bakery

First Cousin Once Removed, Experiments in Time, Light & Motion

God Loves Uganda, Full Credit Productions

Life According to Sam, Fine Films

Life According To Sam – Trailer from Fine Films on Vimeo.

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, Roast Beef Productions


The Square, Noujaim Films and Maktube Productions

Stories We Tell, National Film Board of Canada

Tim’s Vermeer, High Delft Pictures (Trailer not available).

20 Feet from Stardom, Gil Friesen Productions and Tremolo Productions

Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington, Tripoli Street

The Oscars nominations will be announced live on Jan. 16, at 5:30 a.m. PST in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

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