Best Feature Documentary Oscar Shortlist

this is not a film

This would have been an excellent list of nonfiction selections had The Central Park Five not been inexplicably left out. I guess it wouldn’t be the Documentary Oscar category without a few egregious snubs (see: Steve James). I need to adjust my predictions slightly, but far less than in previous years. Very happy to see This Is Not a Film included in a surprise pick. Could be a dark horse nom.

“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” Never Sorry LLC

“Bully,” The Bully Project LLC

“Chasing Ice,” Exposure

“Detropia,” Loki Films

“Ethel,” Moxie Firecracker Films

“5 Broken Cameras,” Guy DVD Films

“The Gatekeepers,” Les Films du Poisson, Dror Moreh Productions, Cinephi

“The House I Live In,” Charlotte Street Films, LLC

“How to Survive a Plague,” How to Survive a Plague LLC

“The Imposter,” Imposter Pictures Ltd.

“The Invisible War,” Chain Camera Pictures

“Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God,” Jigsaw Productions in association with Wider Film Projects and Below the Radar Films

“Searching for Sugar Man,” Red Box Films

“This Is Not a Film,” Wide Management

“The Waiting Room,” Open’hood, Inc.

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5 Responses to Best Feature Documentary Oscar Shortlist

  1. How the hell did “The Central Park Five” not make this list? As for the listed films, I’ve only seen “Five Broken Cameras” and “Bully,” so I pretty much have no idea which five will get nominated. Looks like a tight race, though.

    • Zac Petrillo says:

      How is 5 Broken Cameras? I’m dying to see it.

      • It’s really good. Definitely an eye-opener as to how much more complicated the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over the West Bank really is. I was actually rooting for the Palestinian farmers that were just trying to keep their land (and their main crop, olive trees), which was illegally taken by Israel to create a barrier for a nearby developing Jewish community. To say that the film makes Israel look bad would be an understatement.

  2. Of that list my final five are: “Ai Wei”; “The Imposter”; “The Invisible War”; “Bully”; and “Tgis is Not A Film”.

    I would love the winner to be “The Imposter” but I think it will be either “Bully” or “The Invisible War”

  3. I think Invisible War has the strongest chances

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