Oscar Unveils List of 15 Films on Documentary-Feature Short List

Oscar Documentary Contender

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on Tuesday unveiled its short list of 15 documentary features that will be considered for an Oscar nomination. These films then move to the next round, which is the official nominations.

Competition was stiff. In October, the Acad unveiled the 124 features that were eligible. The documentary branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting; branch members will now select the five nominees from the short list.

The feature-documentary nominations will be announced Jan. 14, along with the contenders in all the other categories. The Oscar ceremony will be held Feb. 28.

The films that will be vying for the five feature-docu nominations are:

“Amy,” On the Corner Films and Universal Music

“Best of Enemies,” Sandbar

“Cartel Land,” Our Time Projects and The Documentary Group

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” Jigsaw Productions

“He Named Me Malala,” Parkes-MacDonald and Little Room

“Heart of a Dog,” Canal Street Communications

“The Hunting Ground,” Chain Camera Pictures

“Listen to Me Marlon,” Passion Pictures

The Look of Silence,” Final Cut for Real (in photo above)

“Meru,” Little Monster Films

“3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets,” The Filmmaker Fund, Motto Pictures, Lakehouse Films, Actual Films, JustFilms, MacArthur Foundation and Bertha BRITDOC

“We Come as Friends,” Adelante Films

“What Happened, Miss Simone?,” RadicalMedia and Moxie Firecracker

“Where to Invade Next,” Dog Eat Dog Productions

“Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom,” Pray for Ukraine Productions

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  1. Helen Highly says:

    I have not seen all these films, but Heart of a Dog is an exceptional film on several levels. I would like to see it acknowledged and rewarded. It’s funny, and smart, and insightful, and touching. And the graphics and clever cinematic techniques help to make it seems as if the film itself is crying. Yet, Anderson’s ambitious tone-and-picture poem is not at all cerebral or esoteric (nor all about her dog).The movie is honest and real. It deals with very large issues, but ultimately, it proves to be a tender memoir. It’s Anderson’s own love story, about the loss of her dog, her mother, her husband, and her city. It is also not maudlin or depressing. In the most uncommon and evocative way, this film has heart. Helen Highly recommends.

  2. jazz says:

    i love documentaries…and if i had to narrow it down to five, i would choose…


    “where to invade next”…

    “he named me malala”…

    “what happened miss simone”

    “going clear”…

    and if i had to pick a winner…?

  3. Appearing Tonight says:

    I thought “What Happened, Miss Simone?” was fantastic, rare that I watch a film repeatedly but that is one of the special ones . . . . .

  4. Simon Is says:

    Look Of Silence should definitely be the winner.

  5. Lewis Tan says:

    Listen to me Marlon !! Yes !!!! Incredible.

  6. cadavra says:

    A shame THE WRECKING CREW didn’t make the cut.

  7. Docu voter says:

    No “POACHED?” Documentary film lovers, do yourselves a solid and find this gem.

  8. Truth Teller says:

    I’ve seen 11 of these films.

    From those 11, GOING CLEAR is clearly the deserving winner!

    It will be interesting to see if the voters have the guts to vote for it OR if The Church Of Scientology has enough morons in power positions to suppress this deserving documentary.

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