OSCARS: Documentary Feature List Narrowed To 15

oscar__131003122758BEVERLY 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 86th Oscars® . One hundred forty-seven films had originally qualified in the category.

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

“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
“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
“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 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 Oscars nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

  1. Haven’t seen all of them, but Tim’s Vermeer is one of the best documentaries I’ve seen in years. Hope it makes the cut!

  2. Did ‘West of Memphis’ have a late qualifying run in 2012? It’s the best documentary I’ve seen in 2013, so I don’t understand why it’s not on any nomination lists.

    1. WoM opened on Christmas Day 2012 for it’s qualifying run. It didn’t even make the short list.

  3. I’ve seen almost all of these and loved Act of Killing, The Square and Stories We Tell. If those make it through, this is a good list. Missing a few key titles, but that always happens.

  4. I don’t remember if “Bridegroom” even got a qualifying L.A. run BEFORE it aired on OWN. It wouldn’t be eligible,if it didn’t per Academy rules.

  5. The two awful secrets in film are how many composers take credit for junior people underneath them, and how many documentary directors have their names on films where they didn’t actually do the lion’s share of the work — or the directing.

    Several of the higher profile people nominated here have “directed” films in the past where co-directors, editors, or producers did the real work. It would be great if the documentary wing of the Academy better scrutinized those practices.

  6. Whoa… Whoa.. BLACKFISH made it and Bridegroom didn’t!?! Who is picking these things? CNN or FOX News?

  7. I’m really disappointed that “CinemAbility” did not make the cut.
    It was about the medium of film and television and how we use our creative efforts to include and portray people with disabilities.
    Truly a lost opportunity for the industry at large.

  8. Vato Loco – 86% Fresh on RT is pretty low in this field, where positive reviews are the norm.
    Take four of the shortlisted nominees by comparison: Blackfish, The Square, The Act of Killing and 20 Feet From Stardom are all 97% Fresh or higher.

  9. It is a travesty that BRIDEGROOM, a film named by that organization The Creative Colition as one of the most significant films of the year was not on this list! How long is the Acadamey going to let these old white guys keep the documentary area as their on little fiefdom.

    It WAS one of the most significant films of the year and these people have no shame! Just in case you are wondering, I am straight but I sure as hell know predudice and stupidly when I see it.

    1. Couldn’t agree with you more on BRIDEGROOM. If there is a film in the bunch that will have the ability to influence more people for the right reasons, someone point it out to me. The vote must have been taken
      In a psych ward.

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