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Oscars Predictions: Best Documentary Feature – Betsy West, Julie Cohen and ‘Flee’ Eye Historic Recognition

Other contenders include films from Quest Love, Jimmy Chin, Todd Haynes Liz Garbus and Evgeny Afineevsky

2022 Oscars Predictions - Best Documentary

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2022 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

UPDATED: Oct 14, 2021

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: As can be expected, we should see another large number of documentaries in the running for Oscar recognition. Last year saw a record 238 submissions, and we can see something similar to that. At the top is the animated, international and documentary feature “Flee,” which would make history if it cracked all three of those respective lineups. It could even factor into the best picture conversation. Julie Cohen and Betsy West could also make a bit of history if they’re nominated for both “My Name is Pauli Murray” and “Julia.” Lots more to come down the pike.

The deadline for submissions to the Academy is Nov. 1. The shortlist of fifteen finalists is scheduled to be announced on Dec. 21.

Oscar nominations voting begins on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, and will end on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. The official Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, with the ceremony taking place on Sunday, Mar. 27, 2022.

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AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Documentary Feature)

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood's most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. The most awarded films in Oscar history are "Ben-Hur," "Titanic" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" at 11 statuettes. The most nominated films in Academy history are "All About Eve," "Titanic" and "La La Land" at 14. "La La Land" is the only film of the three to have lost best picture. The most prominent Oscar "losers," meaning most nominated and walk away with zero awards, are 1977's "The Turning Point" and 1985's "The Color Purple" at 11 each.


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