Wednesday, December 02, 2015

88th Academy Awards Documentary Feature Shortlist

Yesterday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that fifteen (15) films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for #Oscars2016. One hundred twenty-four (124) films were originally submitted in the category,

The Academy’s Documentary Branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting. Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles.

The Shortlist

Amy, Asif Kapadia, UK and USA
Best of Enemies, Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville, USA
Cartel Land, Matthew Heineman, Mexico and USA
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Alex Gibney, USA
He Named Me Malala, Davis Guggenheim, UAE and USA
Heart of a Dog, Laurie Anderson, USA and France
The Hunting Ground, Kirby Dick, USA
Listen to Me Marlon, Stevan Riley, UK
The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark, Indonesia, Finland, Norway, UK, Israel, France, USA and Germany
Meru, Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, India and USA
3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets, Marc Silver, USA
We Come as Friends, Hubert Sauper,  France and Austria
What Happened, Miss Simone?, Liz Garbus, USA
Where to Invade Next, Michael Moore, USA
Winter on Fire: Ukraine Fight for Freedom, Evgeny Afineevsky, UK, USA and Ukraine

Have seen a few and believe Amy and The Look of Silence are the most shocking to watch for very different reasons but one common one: how film explodes your emotions as you the viewer are part of the story. Most interested in watching the life story of Nina Simone, was not aware of doc that is available at Netflix, great. Still grieving the absence of The Wolfpack, sigh.

The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 5:30 a.m. PT at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

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