“Look of Silence,” “Amy” receive Oscar nominations

The Look of Silence, Amy, Cartel Land, What Happened, Miss Simone? and Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom are to vie for the Best Documentary Feature prize at the 88th Academy Awards.
January 14, 2016

The Look of SilenceAmy, Cartel Land, What Happened, Miss Simone? and Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom are to vie for the Best Documentary Feature prize at the 88th Academy Awards.

The five nominees, announced this morning from Los Angeles, were whittled down from the shortlist of 15 docs released in December. The nomination of Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence comes the morning after the film won the Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking award at the Cinema Eye Honors celebration, held Wednesday night (January 13) in New York.

Notable doc contenders missing from the final nominations include Alex Gibney’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next and Kirby Dick’s The Hunting Ground. The latter film, however, earned a nomination in the Original Song category for the Lady Gaga-sung “Til It Happens to You,” while “Manta Ray” from Louie Psihoyos’ Racing Extinction also received an Original Song nod.

Elsewhere, documentary short nominees include Body Team 12Chau, beyond the linesClaude Lanzmann: Spectres of the ShoahA Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness and Last Day of Freedom.

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

The list of nominated non-fiction films, with names of the directors and producers nominated for Academy Awards, follows below:

Best Documentary Feature
Amy, Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees
The Look of Silence
, Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen 
Cartel Land
, Matthew Heineman and Yom Yellin
What Happened, Miss Simone?
 Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom
Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor

Best Documentary – Short Subject
Body Team 12, David Darg and Bryn Mooser
Chau, beyond the lines, Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
, Adam Benzine
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Last Day of Freedom, Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Best Original Song
“Till It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground
Music and lyrics by Lady Gaga and Diane Warren

“Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction
Music by J. Ralph, lyrics by Antony Hegarty

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