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“76 Days”, “Crip Camp”, “MLK/FBI” among record number of docs eligible for Oscars

A whopping 238 features are eligible for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for this year’s Oscars — a record-breaking number. Last year 159 titles were put forward for consideration. Today’s ...
January 28, 2021

A whopping 238 features are eligible for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for this year’s Oscars — a record-breaking number. Last year 159 titles were put forward for consideration. Today’s announcement also included titles for the Animated Feature Film and International Feature Film categories.

Among the documentaries eligible are City Hall, Coded Bias, Collective, Crip Camp, David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet, Dick Johnson Is Dead, The Dissident, Father Soldier Son, Feels Good Man, Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds, 40 Years A Prisoner, I Am Greta, John Lewis: Good Trouble, MLK/FBI, Miss Americana, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band, The Reason I Jump, Rebuilding Paradise, 76 Days (pictured), The Social Dilemma, This Is Paris, A Thousand Cuts, Totally Under Control, Time, The Way I See It and You Cannot Kill David Arquette, to name just a few.

A full list of films eligible can be viewed here.

Some of the films have not yet had their required qualifying release and must fulfill that requirement and comply with all the category’s other qualifying rules to advance in the voting process.

Documentary features that have won a qualifying award or have been programmed at qualifying film festivals or have been submitted in the International Feature Film category as their country’s official selection are also eligible in the category.

Films submitted in the Documentary Feature category may also qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

A shortlist of 15 films will be announced Feb. 9, while nominations will be revealed March 15.

The 93rd Oscars will be held April 25, 2021, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor-in-chief and content director for Realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to Realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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