The Act of Killing, Cutie and the Boxer, The Square, Dirty Wars and 20 Feet from Stardom will battle it out for the Best Documentary Feature prize at the 86th Academy Awards on March 2.
The five films were culled from a shortlist of 15 and fended off competition from docs such as The Crash Reel, Stories We Tell and Blackfish to secure their nominations.
Meanwhile, the films nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject are CaveDigger by Jeffrey Karoff, Facing Fear by Jason Cohen, Karama Has No Walls by Sara Ishaq, The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life by Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed, and Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall by Edgar Barens.
In addition, Rithy Panh’s Cambodian documentary The Missing Picture is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, alongside four narrative dramas.
The filmmakers nominated for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar are Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen for The Act of Killing, Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher for Cutie and the Boxer, Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill for Dirty Wars, and Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer for The Square.
The nominees for 20 Feet from Stardom are still to be determined, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
UPDATE 4.35 p.m. EST, JANUARY 22: The Academy has now confirmed that director Morgan Neville and producers Caitrin Rogers and the late Gil Friesen are to be the three nominated filmmakers for 20 Feet from Stardom.