Competition was stiff. In October, the Academy unveiled the 124 features that were eligible. The documentary branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting; branch members will now select the five nominees from the short list.
The interesting thing about the news is that 3 of the 15 films have either already been shown at Cinema Verite 2014 or are to be shown at this year’s edition. Documentary fans who enjoyed the screening of The Look of Silence in last year’s Cinema Verite, will now drool over Cartel Land and the highly-acclaimed Listen to Me Marlon at this year’s event.
The feature-documentary nominations will be announced Jan. 14, along with the contenders in all the other categories. The Oscar ceremony will be held Feb. 28.
The films that will be vying for the five feature-documentary nominations are:
“Amy,” On the Corner Films and Universal Music
“Best of Enemies,” Sandbar
“Cartel Land,” Our Time Projects and The Documentary Group
“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” Jigsaw Productions
“He Named Me Malala,” Parkes-MacDonald and Little Room
“Heart of a Dog,” Canal Street Communications
“The Hunting Ground,” Chain Camera Pictures
“Listen to Me Marlon,” Passion Pictures
“The Look of Silence,” Final Cut for Real
“Meru,” Little Monster Films
“3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets,” The Filmmaker Fund, Motto Pictures, Lakehouse Films, Actual Films, JustFilms, MacArthur Foundation and Bertha BRITDOC
“We Come as Friends,” Adelante Films
“What Happened, Miss Simone?,” RadicalMedia and Moxie Firecracker
“Where to Invade Next,” Dog Eat Dog Productions
“Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom,” Pray for Ukraine Productions