Oscar doc shortlist announced

Alex Gibney, Charles Ferguson, Davis Guggenheim, Lucy Walker and Banksy are among the directors whose docs have made the shortlist for the 83rd Academy Awards.
November 18, 2010

The shortlist for the documentary feature category of the 83rd Academy Awards has been announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Out of 101 feature docs that had originally qualified for the category, the following 15 have made it to this round, to be considered for the five nomination slots:

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, directed by Alex Gibney (ES Productions LLC)

Enemies of the People, directed by Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath (Old Street Films)

Exit through the Gift Shop, directed by Banksy (Paranoid Pictures)

Gasland, directed by Josh Fox (Gasland Productions, LLC)

Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould, directed by Michele Hozer and Peter Raymont (White Pine Pictures)

Inside Job, directed by Charles Ferguson (Representational Pictures)

The Lottery, directed by Madeleine Sackler (Great Curve Films)

Precious Life directed by Shlomi Eldar (Origami Productions)

Quest for Honor, directed by Mary Ann Smothers Bruni (Smothers Bruni Productions)

Restrepo, directed by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger (Outpost Films)

This Way of Life, directed by Thomas Burstyn (Cloud South Films)

The Tillman Story, directed by Amir Bar-Lev (Passion Pictures/Axis Films)

Waiting for ‘Superman’, directed by Davis Guggenheim (Electric Kinney Films)

Waste Land, directed by Lucy Walker (Almega Projects)

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, directed by Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, (Disturbing the Universe LLC)

The Banksy project recently nabbed the ‘most entertaining documentary’ honor at the Grierson British Documentary Awards. Notable omissions for this year’s list include Thomas Balmes’ Babies, Laura Poitras’ The Oath, Lixin Fan’s Last Train Home, Catfish from Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost (like Exit another much-buzzed-about doc that had some audiences calling it a hybrid between non-fiction and fiction), Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work from Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg and Janus Metz’ Armadillio.

The nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. PT. The 83rd Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011.

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