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Oscar Doc Race Narrows to 15

Oscar Doc Race Narrows to 15

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that 15 films in the ever-controversial Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 85th Academy Awards. A whopping 126 pictures had originally qualified in the category.

This list often stirs up considerable controversy, and there are definitely a few major omissions in “The Central Park Five,” “West of Memphis,” “Samsara,” “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present,” “Only The Young” and “The Queen of Versailles.” But overall one suspects this will be one of the most agreeable Oscar shortlists in some time.

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.

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I was sooo hoping that "The Right to Love: An American Family" would be on this list…


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bob hawk

This year's short list for docs is the strongest I think has ever been presented — and is a real testimony to the vast diversity of excellence in documentary making today. Not a klinker in the bunch (every other year the short-list litters have had some really weak runts — and some appalling omissions). Every film listed this year is worthy of nomination, and I can't come up with any glaring omissions. (I thought that QUEEN OF VERSAILLES had fascinating content and was an enjoyable enough, if ultimately exhaustingly redundant ride. As filmmaking it needed a more rigorous editing hand.) They should allow up to 10 nominations this year — just like the dramatic features — and this is gonna be one hell of a horserace. (My very personal five: CHASING ICE, 5 BROKEN CAMERAS, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN, HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE and THE INVISIBLE WAR.)


How did The Act of Killing not make this short-list?


Great list, scarred by the absence of Queen of Versailles.


How can they leave off The Queen of Versailles? And no Samsara?

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