Familiar titles from this year’s awards season such as Summer of Soul and Flee led the way among documentaries for this year’s Academy Award nominations.
The nominees were announced on Tuesday morning (Feb. 8) for the 94th Academy Awards. Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), a doc about the 1969 Harlem Cultural from first-time director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson highlighted the nominees. The film continued its acclaimed run this this year’s awards season with an Oscar nomination for Thompson, and producers Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein.
Flee, a Danish animated doc from Jonas Poher Rasmussen about a man sharing his story of leaving Afghanistan for Denmark, has racked up critics’ awards around the world ever since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival more than a year ago. Rasmussen was nominated alongside producers Monica Hellstrøm, Signe Byrge Sørensen and Charlotte De La Gournerie.
Jessica Kingdon’s feature directorial debut, Ascension, received a nomination as well, recognizing the filmmaker along with producers Nathan Truesdell and Kira Simon-Kennedy. The film, which won Best Documentary Feature at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, is about the pursuit of the Chinese Dream in a country that prioritizes innovation and productivity.
Stanley Nelson and Traci A. Curry’s Attica documentary about the infamous 1971 prison riot and the ongoing need for prison reform decades later, was recognized with a nomination as well.
Finally, Writing With Fire rounded out the nominations, as the Academy recognized filmmakers Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh. Another highly acclaimed, award-winning film, the Indian doc is about Dalit women running a news agency in India.
Rasmussen’s Flee proved to be even more prolific throughout the Oscar nominations, picking up two more nods for Best International Feature Film and Best Animated Feature Film.
In the Best Documentary Short Subject category, the Academy recognized Audible (Matt Ogens and Geoff McLean), Lead Me Home (Pedro Kos and Jon Shenk), The Queen of Basketball (Ben Proudfoot), Three Songs For Benazir (Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei), and When We Were Bullies (Jay Rosenblatt).
Voting for the 94th Academy Awards will run from March 17 to 22, with the presentation itself held on March 27.
Best Documentary Feature
Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Writing With Fire
Best Documentary Short Subject
Lead Me Home
The Queen of Basketball
Three Songs For Benazir
When We Were Bullies