“I Am Not Your Negro,” “Weiner” make Oscars doc shortlist

I Am Not Your Negro (pictured), O.J.: Made in America, Weiner and Cameraperson are among the films shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature at the the 89th Academy Awards. On Tuesday (Dec. 6), the Academy of Motion ...
December 6, 2016

I Am Not Your Negro (pictured), O.J.: Made in AmericaWeiner and Cameraperson are among the films shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature at the the 89th Academy Awards.

On Tuesday (Dec. 6), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled the list of 15 films that have advanced in the voting process and, of those named, five projects will earn Oscar nominations.

The Academy’s Documentary Branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting from an original list of 145 submitted feature-length films.

The nominees will be announced on Jan. 24 and the Academy Awards ceremony takes place on Feb. 26 in Los Angeles.

The 15 shortlisted films are below:

Cameraperson, Kirsten Johnson; Big Mouth Productions
Command and Control, Robert Kenner; American Experience Films/PBS
The Eagle Huntress, Otto Bell; Stacey Reiss Productions, Kissiki Films and 19340 Productions
Fire at Sea, Gianfranco Rosi; Stemal Entertainment
Gleason, J. Clay Tweel; Dear Rivers Productions, Exhibit A and IMG Films
Hooligan Sparrow, Nanfu Wang; Little Horse Crossing the River
I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck; Velvet Film
The Ivory Game, Kief Davidson, Richard Ladkani;Terra Mater Film Studios and Vulcan Productions
Life, Animated, Roger Ross Williams; Motto Pictures and A&E IndieFilms
O.J.: Made in America, Ezra Edelman; Laylow Films and ESPN Films
13th, Ava DuVernay; Forward Movement
Tower, Keith Maitland; Go-Valley
Weiner, Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg; Edgeline Films
The Witness, James Solomon; The Witnesses Film
Zero Days, Alex Gibney; Jigsaw Productions

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