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 88th Academy Awards. The 15 were culled from 154 films that were originally submitted in the category.
The Academy’s Documentary Branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting.
The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies; of note, given this blog’s interests, “3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets” (the Jordan Davis documentary) and “What Happened, Miss Simone?” (on the life of Nina Simone) both made the cut.
Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles that will go on to be nominated for Oscars next year.
The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 5:30 a.m. PT at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre, at Hollywood & Highland Center, in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
“Amy,” On the Corner Films and Universal Music
“Best of Enemies,” Sandbar
“Cartel Land,” Our Time Projects and The Documentary Group
“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” Jigsaw Productions
“He Named Me Malala,” Parkes-MacDonald and Little Room
“Heart of a Dog,” Canal Street Communications
“The Hunting Ground,” Chain Camera Pictures
“Listen to Me Marlon,” Passion Pictures
“The Look of Silence,” Final Cut for Real
“Meru,” Little Monster Films
“3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets,” The Filmmaker Fund, Motto Pictures, Lakehouse Films, Actual Films, JustFilms, MacArthur Foundation and Bertha BRITDOC
“We Come as Friends,” Adelante Films
“What Happened, Miss Simone?,” RadicalMedia and Moxie Firecracker
“Where to Invade Next,” Dog Eat Dog Productions
“Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom,” Pray for Ukraine Productions