“Buck,” “Nim,” “Pina,” “Hell and Back Again” make best doc Oscar shortlist

Surprise snubs for some of the year's most acclaimed docs, with The Interrupters, Senna, Into The Abyss and Tabloid failing to make Oscar's shortlist of 15 best doc features.
November 18, 2011

The 15 shortlisted films in the Best Documentary Feature category have been named for the 84th Academy Awards, with Buck, Pina and Paradise Lost 3 among the selections from the 124 docs which originally qualified in the category.

The list features surprise snubs for some of the industry’s biggest directors and some of the year’s most acclaimed docs, with Steve James’s The Interrupters, Asif Kapadia’s Senna, Werner Herzog’s Into The Abyss and Errol Morris’s Tabloid all failing to make the cut.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:

Battle for Brooklyn (Rumer Inc.)
Bill Cunningham New York (First Thought Films)
Buck (Cedar Creek Productions)
Hell and Back Again (Roast Beef Productions)
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (Marshall Curry Productions)
Jane’s Journey (NEOS Film GmbH & Co.)
The Loving Story (Augusta Films)
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (
Pina (Neue Road Movies)
Project Nim (Red Box Films)
Semper Fi: Always Faithful (Tied to the Tracks Films)
Sing Your Song (S2BN Belafonte Productions)
Undefeated (Spitfire Pictures)
Under Fire: Journalists in Combat (JUF Pictures)
We Were Here (Weissman Projects)

The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 5:30 a.m. PST in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.