Deadline has revealed that, Ahead of the final Oscar announcements on January 15th, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released its short-list of the documentaries eligible for the Best Documentary nomination.
The original list of submissions was extensive at a hefty 134 titles, but that list was cut down to just 15. The material covered is diverse to say the least, ranging from unemployment (The Overnighters) to Edward Snowden (Citizenfour) to gay marriage (The Case Against 8) to Roger Ebert (Life Itself), with a whole mess of great docs in-between.
Here’s the list as it currently stands:
Art and Craft – Purple Parrot Films
The Case against 8 – Day in Court
Citizen Koch – Elsewhere Films
Citizenfour – Praxis Films
Finding Vivian Maier – Ravine Pictures
The Internet’s Own Boy – Luminant Media
Jodorowsky’s Dune – City Film
Keep On Keepin’ On – Absolute Clay Productions
The Kill Team – f/8 filmworks
Last Days in Vietnam – Moxie Firecracker Films
Life Itself – Kartemquin Films and Film Rites
The Overnighters – Mile End Films West
The Salt of the Earth – Decia Films
Tales of the Grim Sleeper – Lafayette Film
Virunga – Grain Media
Jodorowsky’s Dune is a nice one to see make the short-list, although that may just be my nerd senses a-tinglin’. Hopefully the final nomination list will still have a good dose of diversity to it. There were a lot of great documentaries this year and all the titles listed here are terrific accomplishments. Most are also available on DVD and on Video On Demand.
Did your favourite title make the cut? Who’s your pick for the Oscar?