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Academy Awards 2021: see doc feature and shorts nominations here

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has unveiled the nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards, to be held on April 25. In the best documentary feature category, several ...
March 15, 2021

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has unveiled the nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards, to be held on April 25.

In the best documentary feature category, several film festival favorites made the cut, including Garrett Bradley’s Time, Alexander Nanau’s Collective, and My Octopus Teacher from Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed. Rounding out the best feature nominations are Crip Camp, which opened Sundance in 2020 and is directed by James LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham, and Chilean doc The Mole Agent, helmed by Maite Alberdi.

Collective, notably, also has a nod in the best international feature category, representing Romania. The Mole Agent was submitted for the category to represent Chile, while Notturno, from acclaimed documentarian Gianfranco Rosi, was submitted to represent Italy. Neither film, in the end, made the final list for the category, and Notturno received no nominations.

As with every run-up to the unveiling of the nominations, there are several films that were favorites to appear in the final list, but that ultimately didn’t make the cut. This year, those films include The Truffle Hunters, helmed by Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw; Dick Johnson is Dead, from Kirsten Johnson; Welcome to Chechnya from David France; and MLK/FBI from Sam Pollard.

Acclaimed doc shorts that missed the final list include The Speed Cubers from first-time director Sue Kim, and Hysterical Girl from Kate Novack and Andrew Rossi.

The best feature documentary and best documentary short nominations are as follows:

Best documentary feature
Collective (d: Alexander Nanau)
Crip Camp (pictured; d: James LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham)
The Mole Agent (d: Maite Alberdi)
My Octopus Teacher (d: Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed)
Time (d: Garrett Bradley)

Best documentary short subject
Colette (d: Anthony Giacchino)
A Concerto Is a Conversation (d: Kris Bowers, Ben Proudfoot)
Do Not Split (d: Andres Hammer)
Hunger Ward (d: Skye Fitzgerald)
A Love Song for Latasha (d: Sophia Nahli Allison)

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