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Oscars: Final 15 ‘Best Documentary’ Movies Revealed

by Paul Heath


The shortlist for the Best Documentary award at this year’s Oscars have been revealed by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. I am the first to admit that I haven’t seen many of these, but I’m really pleased to see THE IMPOSTER shortlisted as that is one that enjoyed back in the summer. I urge you seek it out on the home formats; its a bit of a gem. Great to see SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN on the list too.

The final 15 were shortlisted from a massive 126 eligible movies this year. The 15 will become 5 when the other nominees in all of the other categories are announced in Hollywood on the morning of Thursday, January 10, 2013.

Here’s the full list of nominees for documentary from the Academy.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 85th Academy Awards®. One hundred twenty-six pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” Never Sorry LLC
“Bully,” The Bully Project LLC
“Chasing Ice,” Exposure
“Detropia,” Loki Films
“Ethel,” Moxie Firecracker Films
“5 Broken Cameras,” Guy DVD Films
“The Gatekeepers,” Les Films du Poisson, Dror Moreh Productions, Cinephil
“The House I Live In,” Charlotte Street Films, LLC
“How to Survive a Plague,” How to Survive a Plague LLC
“The Imposter,” Imposter Pictures Ltd.
“The Invisible War,” Chain Camera Pictures
“Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God,” Jigsaw Productions in association with
Wider Film Projects and Below the Radar Films
“Searching for Sugar Man,” Red Box Films
“This Is Not a Film,” Wide Management
“The Waiting Room,” Open’hood, Inc.

The Documentary Branch viewed the eligible documentaries for the preliminary round of voting. Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles on the shortlist. The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Source: Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences

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