Oscars ’16: 124 feature docs submitted for consideration

Asif Kapadia's Amy (pictured) and Amy Berg's Janis: Little Girl Blue are among the 124 feature-length documentaries submitted for consideration for the 88th Academy Awards.
October 23, 2015

Asif Kapadia’s Amy (pictured) and Amy Berg‘s Janis: Little Girl Blue are among the 124 feature-length documentaries submitted for consideration for the 88th Academy Awards.

Of the 124 titles, a shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December. A release issued by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences notes that several of the submitted features have yet to fulfill their theatrical release requirements with showings in Los Angeles and New York in order to advance in the voting process.

Documentaries of note include Michael Moore‘s discretely shot Where to Invade Next, which last month held its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF); Frederick Wiseman’s In Jackson Heights, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival; Davis Guggenheim’s He Named Me Malala, holding its international premiere at TIFF; Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth ‘Chai’ Vasarhelyi’s mountain climbing film Meru, which received the U.S. Documentary Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival; and Alex Gibney’s investigative doc Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which debuted at Sundance.

Other docs on the list include Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville’s Best of Enemies, Kim Longinotto’s Dreamcatcher, Leslee Udwin’s India’s Daughter, Brett Morgen’s Montage of Heck, Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson’s Peace Officer, Louie Psihoyos’ Racing Extinction, and Patrick O’Brien’s TransFatty Lives.

The 124 documentaries up for consideration marks a drop from last year’s total of 134 films. The Laura Poitras-directed Citizenfour ultimately took home the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2015.

A full list of submissions in the Documentary Feature category can be found here.

Awards nominations will be announced live on January 14 at 8:30 a.m. EST/PST at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California.

The 88th edition of the Academy Awards will be held on February 28 in Hollywood, with the ceremony broadcast across ABC beginning at 7 p.m. EST/PST.

With files from Manori Ravindran.

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