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“RBG”, “Free Solo”, “Minding the Gap” take 2019 Oscar noms

The 91st Academy Award nominees were unveiled this morning, including non-fiction titles RBG, Free Solo, Minding the Gap and more. RBG (pictured), about the life and career of Supreme Court Justice and ...
January 22, 2019

The 91st Academy Award nominees were unveiled this morning, including non-fiction titles RBG, Free Solo, Minding the Gap and more.

RBG (pictured), about the life and career of Supreme Court Justice and gender equality advocate Ruth Bader Ginsburg, walked away with two noms, one for best documentary feature and one for best original song, for “I’ll Fight” written by Diane Warren and performed by Jennifer Hudson.

The feature docs in contention were selected from a shortlist of 15 feature docs announced on Dec. 17.

One hundred and sixty-six films were originally submitted in the category, and 104 films had originally qualified in the documentary short category. Members of the documentary branch vote to determine the nominees.

Among notable omissions were two of last summer’s biggest hits Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and Three Identical Strangers.

The nominees were announced by Tracee Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani at 8:20 a.m. ET/5:20 a.m. PT on Tuesday (Jan. 22).

The 91st Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The ceremony is televised on ABC in the U.S. A host has not been announced.

Below is a full list of the nominees in categories including non-fiction titles, with credits supplied by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences:

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Free Solo (directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi)
Hale County, This Morning, This Evening (director: RaMell Ross)
Minding the Gap (director: Bing Liu)
Of Fathers and Sons (director: Talal Derki)
RBG (director: Betsy West, Julie Cohen)

DOCUMENTARY  — SHORT SUBJECT

Black Sheep (director: Ed Perkins)
End Game (directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman)
Lifeboat (director: Skye Fitzgerald)
A Night At the Garden (director: Marshall Curry)
Period. End of Sentence (director: Rayka Zehtabchi)

ORIGINAL SONG

“All the Stars,” Black Panther
“I’ll Fight,” RBG
“The Place Where Lost Things Go,” Mary Poppins Returns
“Shallow,” A Star Is Born
“When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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