Academy cuts 23 eligible films down to eight

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has released its shortlist of documentary shorts up for Oscar nom consideration.

The eight that made the cut are “Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy,” “Freeheld,” “If It Happens,” “La Corona” (The Crown), “Ochberg’s Orphans,” “Portraits of a Lady,” “Salim Baba” and “Sari’s Mother.”

Documentary branch voters selected the final eight from 23 eligible contenders. The Acad said there will be between three and five in the category when the nominations for the 80th annual Academy Awards are unveiled Jan. 22.

The Oscars will be handed out Feb. 24 at the Kodak Theater and televised live on ABC.

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