The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have named 15 films that made the short-list in the Documentary Feature category for the 82nd Academy Awards, whittling the number down from a record 89 that had originally qualified (92 qualified last year, which was a record). Notable omissions included "Anvil! The Story of Anvil," "The September Issue," "Tyson," "It Might Get Loud," "We Live in Public," and most surprisingly, Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story."
The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:
"The Beaches of Agnes"
Agnes Varda, director (Cine-Tamaris)
Anders Ostergaard, director (Magic Hour Films)
Louie Psihoyos, director (Oceanic Preservation Society)
"Every Little Step"
James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo, directors (Endgame Entertainment)
Pete McCormack, director (Network Films Inc.)
Robert Kenner, director (Robert Kenner Films)
Mai Iskander, director (Iskander Films, Inc.)
"Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders"
Mark N. Hopkins, director (Red Floor Pictures LLC)
"The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers"
Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith, directors (Kovno Communications)
"Mugabe and the White African"
Andrew Thompson and Lucy Bailey, directors (Arturi Films Limited)
Greg Barker, director (Passion Pictures and Silverbridge Productions)
"Soundtrack for a Revolution"
Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman, directors (Freedom Song Productions)
"Under Our Skin"
Andy Abrahams Wilson, director (Open Eye Pictures)
"Valentino The Last Emperor"
Matt Tyrnauer, director (Acolyte Films)
"Which Way Home"
Rebecca Cammisa, director (Mr. Mudd)
The Documentary Branch Screening Committee viewed all 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 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.