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170 feature docs submitted for Oscars consideration

Evgeny Afineevsky’s Cries From Syria, Matthew Heineman’s City of Ghosts and Greg Barker’s The Final Year are among the feature-length documentaries submitted for consideration for the 90th Academy Awards. Of the 170 titles, ...
October 30, 2017

Evgeny Afineevsky’s Cries From Syria, Matthew Heineman’s City of Ghosts and Greg Barker’s The Final Year are among the feature-length documentaries submitted for consideration for the 90th Academy Awards.

Of the 170 titles, a shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December, with the final list of nominations to be announced live on Jan.23. Click here to see the full list of titles.

A release issued by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences noted that several of the submitted features have yet to fulfill their theatrical release requirements, with showings in Los Angeles and New York in advance to the voting process.

The 170 documentaries up for consideration marks a considerable increase from the last two years. While 124 feature docs were submitted for consideration in 2015, 145 were submitted for consideration last year. The Ezra Edelman-directed O.J.: Made in America ultimately took home the Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2016.

The win prompted the Academy to approve a change to the documentary category that deems multi-part or limited series not eligible for awards consideration. The previous rule stated that entries had to be a single feature, with a theatrical release, and excluded doc episodes from a larger series and segments taken from a single “composite” program.

The changes were approved earlier this year as a broad set of tweaks to the Oscar rules and campaign regulations.

Films submitted in the Documentary Feature category may still qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.

The 90th edition of the Academy Awards will be held on March 4 in Hollywood, with the ceremony broadcast across ABC.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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