The Act of Killing (pictured), The Crash Reel, Dirty Wars, Blackfish and The Square are among the 15 documentaries selected for the Best Documentary Feature shortlist for the 86th Academy Awards.
Other festival favorites earning recognition from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) include Stories We Tell, God Loves Uganda, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer and The Armstrong Lie.
Among those tipped as possible contenders, After Tiller, Let the Fire Burn and The Unknown Known are notable omissions. In all, 147 documentary films qualified for Academy consideration.
The full shortlist, with each films’ listed production companies, follows below:
The Act of Killing, Final Cut for Real
The Armstrong Lie, The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Blackfish, Our Turn Productions
The Crash Reel, KP Rides Again
Cutie and the Boxer, Ex Lion Tamer and Cine Mosaic
Dirty Wars, Civic Bakery
First Cousin Once Removed, Experiments in Time, Light & Motion
God Loves Uganda, Full Credit Productions
Life According to Sam, Fine Films
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, Roast Beef Productions
The Square, Noujaim Films and Maktube Productions
Stories We Tell, National Film Board of Canada
Tim’s Vermeer, High Delft Pictures
20 Feet from Stardom, Gil Friesen Productions and Tremolo Productions
Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington, Tripoli Street
The Academy will now whittle the 15 down to five Oscar nominees, which will be named on January 16. The winning doc will be announced at the 2014 Academy Awards, which take place on March 2 in Los Angeles.
- Check out realscreen associate editor Adam Benzine’s predictions for the five nominees here