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Best Documentary Oscar List Narrowed to 15 – ‘Virunga,’ ‘Keep on Keepin’ On,’ ‘Tales of the Grim Sleeper’ Make the Cut

Best Documentary Oscar List Narrowed to 15 - 'Virunga,' 'Keep on Keepin’ On,' 'Tales of the Grim Sleeper' Make the Cut

Yesterday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced the 15 films that will be competing for the Oscar’s 5 documentary feature nominations.

The 15 were selected from a longer list of 134 eligible submissions, and from these 15, Academy members will now vote to select the five films that will eventually become the nominees at next year’s Oscars event.

The semi-finalists include 3 films covered on this blog: “Keep on Keepin’ On” (which captures the moving relationship between blind piano prodigy and jazz icon Clark Terry, and 23-year-old Justin Kauflin, who’s just starting out as a jazz pianist in New York City); “Tales of the Grim Sleeper” (which digs into the case of the notorious serial killer known as the “Grim Sleeper,” who terrorized South Central Los Angeles over a span of twenty-five years); and “Virunga” (part investigative journalism and part nature documentary, the film follows an embattled team of park rangers and the endangered mountain gorillas they protect, as they are caught in the crossfire of poachers, militia and industry in continental Africa’s oldest national park). 

By the way, “Virunga” is streaming on Netflix right now, if you haven’t seen it. 

Nominations will be announced January 15, 2015, with Oscar ceremonies set for February 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The full list of 15 documentaries follows below:

“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

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