OSCARS: 15 Films On Docu Feature Shortlist

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 85th Academy Awards®. One hundred twenty-six pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” Never Sorry LLC
“Bully,” The Bully Project LLC
“Chasing Ice,” Exposure
“Detropia,” Loki Films
“Ethel,” Moxie Firecracker Films
“5 Broken Cameras,” Guy DVD Films
“The Gatekeepers,” Les Films du Poisson, Dror Moreh Productions, Cinephil
“The House I Live In,” Charlotte Street Films, LLC
“How to Survive a Plague,” How to Survive a Plague LLC
“The Imposter,” Imposter Pictures Ltd.
“The Invisible War,” Chain Camera Pictures
“Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God,” Jigsaw Productions in association with
Wider Film Projects and Below the Radar Films
“Searching for Sugar Man,” Red Box Films
“This Is Not a Film,” Wide Management
“The Waiting Room,” Open’hood, Inc.

The Documentary Branch viewed the eligible documentaries for the preliminary round of voting. Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles on the shortlist. The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

  1. How is it possible that “West of Memphis” not be included for consideration??? Is this list comprehensive?

  2. I vote for BULLY … even though I don’t get a vote … if I did, I would vote for it!!! I really hope people see the need to get this one even more press by having it on the shortlist! I think the families were SO brave and Lee Hirsch did an incredible job in sharing their stories!!

  3. Wow, so did I… It was a good effort though so kudos to the Side By Side director and producers.

  4. I don’t believe “West of Memphis” was included because it has not come out in theaters yet – which I think is one of the qualifications. It has only shown in festivals so far. For me, the smart money is on “Searching for Sugarman” – it is an aspirational documentary and it’s even more incredible that it was made on a shoestring budget and shot on an iPhone!!! A true Cinderella Story and I think the Academy will see that… especially for the ratings.

  5. So glad “Bully” the Bully Project is included It has great importance in our society. (Hope you weren’t bored and too bad if you were.)

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