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“Citizenfour,” “Virunga,” “Life Itself” make Oscar shortlist

Life Itself, Virunga, Citizenfour, The Overnighters, The Case Against 8 and The Salt of the Earth are among the 15 docs shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
December 2, 2014

Life Itself, Virunga, Citizenfour, The Overnighters, The Case Against 8 and The Salt of the Earth are among the 15 docs shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Tribeca-winner Point and Shoot, SXSW-winner The Great Invisible, Netflix title E-Team, and TIFF docs Red Army and Merchants of Doubt are among the bigger-name documentaries to miss out on a spot on the shortlist.

Members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ documentary branch selected the docs from 134 eligible submissions, and will now whittle the 15 shortlisted films down to five nominees, which will be announced on January 15, 2015.

The news comes after the Academy previously unveiled its eight-strong short doc shortlist.

The shortlisted films, with their respective production companies, follow below:

Art and Craft, Purple Parrot Films
The Case Against 8, Day in Court
Citizen Koch, Elsewhere Films
Citizenfour, Praxis Films
Finding Vivian Maier, Ravine Pictures
The Internet’s Own Boy, Luminant Media
Jodorowsky’s Dune, City Film
Keep On Keepin’ On, Absolute Clay Productions
The Kill Team, f/8 filmworks
Last Days in Vietnam, Moxie Firecracker Films
Life Itself, Kartemquin Films and Film Rites
The Overnighters, Mile End Films West
The Salt of the Earth, Decia Films
Tales of the Grim Sleeper, Lafayette Film
Virunga, Grain Media

The Oscar winners will be announced on February 22.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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