Oscars Predictions: Best Documentary Feature – Animation, Music and Former Acting Subjects Take the Lead

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

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UPDATED: Oct 21, 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.

Awards Season Calendar (2021-2022)

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1 Flee Neon Jonas Poher Rasmussen
2 The Rescue National Geographic Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
3 The Velvet Underground Apple Original Films Todd Haynes
4 Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America Sony Pictures Classics Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler
5 Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) Searchlight Pictures Quest Love
6 Procession Netflix Robert Greene
7 Julia Sony PIctures Classics Julie Cohen, Betsy West
8 Val Amazon Studios Ting Poo, Leo Scott
9 The First Wave Neon Matthew Heineman
10 Francesco Discovery Plus Evgeny Afineevsky
11 Attica Showtime Stanley Nelson
12 Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain Focus Features Morgan Neville
13 Citizen Ashe CNN Films/HBO Max/Magnolia Pictures Rex Miller, Sam Pollard
14 Introducing, Selma Blair Discovery Plus Rachel Fleit
15 Pray Away Netflix Kristine Stolakis
16 Becoming Cousteau National Geographic Liz Garbus
17 The Sparks Brothers Focus Features To be added
18 Ascension MTV Documentary Films Jessica Kingdon
19 Mayor Pete Amazon Studios Jesse Moss
20 My Name is Pauli Murray Amazon Studios Julie Cohen, Betsy West
21 Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It Roadside Attractions To be added
22 Ailey Neon To be added
23 The Lost Leonardo Sony Pictures Classics Andreas Koefoed
24 Not Going Quietly Greenwich Entertainment Nicholas Bruckman
25 Found Netflix Amanda Lipitz
26 Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry Apple Original Films RJ Cutler
27 Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street HBO Max To be added
28 The Real Charlie Chaplin Showtime Documentary Films Peter Middleton, James Spinney
29 In the Same Breath HBO Documentary Films Nanfu Wang
30 Fauci National Geographic To be added
31 Torn National Geographic To be added
32 Life of Crime 1984-2020 HBO Documentary Films Jon Alpert
33 Cusp Showtime Documentary Films Parker Hill, Isabel Bethencourt
34 Ferguson Rises Independent Lens Mobolaji Olambiwonnu
35 DeAndré#Deandré Storia di un Impiegato No U.S. Distribution Roberta Lena
36 Los Hermanos (The Brothers) First Run Features Marcia Jarmel, Ken Schneider
37 Sisters on Track Netflix Corinne van der Borch, Tone Grøttjoord-Glenne
38 The Most Beautiful Boy in the World Juno Films Kristina Lindström and Kristian Petri
39 A Cop Movie Netflix Alonso Ruizpalaios
40 Convergence: Courage in a Crisis Netflix Orlando von Einsiedel (UK), Alexander “Lali” Houghton (Peru), Guillermo Galdos (Peru), Juhi Sharma (India), Lieven Corthouts (Belgium), Mauricio Montiero Filho (Brazil), Mohammad Reza Eyni (Iran), Sara Khaki (Iran) and Wenhua Lin (China)
All Light, Everywhere Neon To be added
Bring Your Own Brigade Paramount Plus To be added
Courage No U.S. Distribution Aliaksei Paluyan
Django & Django No U.S. Distribution Luca Rea
Ezio Bosso. Le Cose Che Restano No U.S. Distribution Giorgio Verdelli
Homeroom Hulu To be added
Justin Bieber: Our World Amazon Studios Michael D. Ratner
Karen Dalton: In My Own Time Greenwich Entertainment Robert Yapkowitz, Richard Peete
Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story Greenwich Entertainment Posy Dixon
LFG HBO Max Andrea Nix Fine, Sean Fine
Like a Rolling Stone: The Life and Times of Ben Fong-Torres StudioLA Suzanne Kai
Love It Was Not Greenwich Entertainment Maya Sarfaty
Misha and the Wolves Netflix To be added
No Ordinary Man Oscilloscope Pictures Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt
Paper & Glue MSNBC Films JR
President Greenwich Entertainment Camilla Nielsson
Rebel Hearts Discovery Plus Pedro Kos
Republic of Silence No U.S. Distribution Diana El Jeiroudi
Seyran Ates: Sex, Revolution, & Islam Juno Films Nefise Ozkal Lorentzen
Simple as Water HBO Megan Mylan
Storm Lake PBS Independent Lens Jerry Risius, Beth Levison
Stray Magnolia Pictures To be added
The Big Scary “S” Word Greenwich Entertainment Yael Bridge
The Last Forest Netflix Luiz Bolognesi
The Neutral Ground POV CJ Hunt
Tom Petty: Somewhere You Feel Free No U.S. Distribution To be added
Tranchées No U.S. Distribution Loup Bureau
Try Harder! Greenwich Entertainment Debbie Lum
Viaggio Nel Crepuscolo No U.S. Distribution Augusto Contento


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