Friday, December 08, 2017

#Oscars2018 Documentary Features Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards. One hundred seventy films were originally submitted in the category.

This is perhaps the most predictable main category for this Academy Awards edition as bet that top award will go to any of these documentaries:  Faces Places, Ex Libris or Last Men in Aleppo.

As a matter of fact my crystal ball says those three will have nominations plus the fourth spot will go to Jane and the fifth perhaps go to Ai Weiwei film or let's say it's still open for me to decide later.

My winner and top hopeful to win 2018 Oscar obviously is Faces Places as doc is a fantastic visual voyage, the photos are superb and the whole experiential idea just blows my mind (thanks to how is presented in documentary).  Then, wish Agnes Varda gets a competitive Oscar so she can place it besides her honorary Oscar, sigh.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title in English.

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, Steve James, USA
Chasing Coral, Jeff Orlowski, USA
City of Ghosts, Matthew Heineman, USA
Ex Libris – The New York Public Library, Frederick Wiseman, USA
Visages, Villages (Faces Places), JR and Agnes Varda, France
Human Flow, Ai Weiwei, Germany
Icarus, Bryan Fogel, USA
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, USA
Jane, Brett Morgen, USA
LA 92, Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin, USA
Last Men in Aleppo, Firas Fayyad, Steen Johannessen and Hasan Kattan, Denmark and Syria
Long Strange Trip, Amir Bar-Lev,  USA
One of Us, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, USA
Strong Island, Yance Ford, USA
Unrest, Jennifer Brea, USA and UK

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.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

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