SDI Productions’ The Perfect Fit and Downtown Docs’ Redemption are among eight docs to make the shortlist for the 85th Academy Awards, in the best documentary – short subject category.
Voters from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Documentary Branch viewed 31 eligible entries this year, each of which was under 40 minutes in length. Ahead of the Academy Awards next spring, the shortlist will be whittled down to between three and five Oscar nominees.
The shortlisted films and their production companies are:
Inocente, by Shine Global
Kings Point, by Kings Point Documentary
Mondays at Racine, by Cynthia Wade Productions
Open Heart, by Urban Landscapes
Paraíso, by The Strangebird Company
The Perfect Fit, by SDI Productions
Redemption, by Downtown Docs
The final nominees will be named on January 10, 2013, with the Oscars taking place February 24.
The news comes amid continuing controversy over the Academy Awards’ documentary fields. Michael Moore recently embarked on a Twitter tirade, after more than 130 docs qualified for the best documentary feature category, following changes to the Oscar qualifying rules earlier this year.
The New York Times yesterday reported that the Academy would extend the amount of time Documentary Branch members have to watch this year’s eligible feature docs, after many members complained about being given such a large amount of qualifying films to watch, with little more than a month to do it.
The original deadline of November 14 has been pushed back to November 26.