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15 Films Selected for Oscar Short List in Doc Feature Category

15 Films Selected for Oscar Short List in Doc Feature Category

Fifteen documentary films have been selected for the “short list” of titles competing for one of five nominations for the 78th Academy Awards. Eighty-two eligible films were submitted for consideration for the Best Documentary Feature category this year, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

On this year’s list are:

After Innocence,” directed by Jessica Sanders

The Boys of Baraka,” directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

Darwin’s Nightmare,” directed by Hubert Sauper

The Devil and Daniel Johnston,” directed by Jeff Feuerzeig

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” directed by Alex Gibney

Favela Rising,” directed by Matt Mochary and Jeff Zimbalist

Mad Hot Ballroom,” directed by Marilyn Agrelo

March of the Penguins,” directed by Luc Jacquet

Murderball,” directed by Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro

Occupation: Dreamland,” directed by Ian Olds and Garrett Scott

On Native Soil: The Documentary of the 9/11 Commission Report,” directed by Linda Ellman

Rize,” directed by David LaChapelle

Street Fight,” directed by Marshall Curry

39 Pounds of Love,” directed by Dani Menkin

Unknown White Male,” directed by Rupert Murray

While fifteen films were selected for consideration this year, twelve were chosen for the Oscar documentary feature “short list” last year, with “Born Into Brothels” ultimately winning the Oscar. The nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 and the Oscars will be presented on Sunday, March 5, 2006.

Eligible documentaries were screened by the Documentary Branch Screening Committee, made up of members of the branch who serve on a volunteer basis. The above films were chosen after a preliminary round of screenings.

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