Academy Announces 124 Documentaries Eligible For Oscars

Going Clear

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 124 documentary feature films that have been submitted and qualify for Academy Award consideration. There’s a number of great and buzzed about films on the list, though it sometimes seems that this category is more unpredictable than other Oscar categories when it boils down to the nominations. Still, among the films worth your time on the list are the Amy Winehouse film Amy, Bobcat Goldwaith’s examination of one of his comedy mentors Call Me Lucky, The Look Of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer’s companion piece to last year’s Act Of Killing, the two HBO-produced docs Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck and Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief and the Sundance breakout The Wolfpack.

The list will be winnowed down to a shortlist of 15 titles in December before the final five nominees are announced in January. The 88th Annual Academy Awards will be presented on February 28th, 2016.

Here is the complete list of eligible documentaries –

  • Above and Beyond
  • All Things Must Pass
  • Amy
  • The Armor of Light
  • Ballet 422
  • Batkid Begins
  • Becoming Bulletproof
  • Being Evel
  • Beltracchi — The Art of Forgery
  • Best of Enemies
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
  • Bolshoi Babylon
  • Brand: A Second Coming
  • A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story
  • Call Me Lucky
  • Cartel Land
  • Censored Voices
  • Champs
  • CodeGirl
  • Coming Home
  • Dark Horse
  • Deli Man
  • Dior and I
  • The Diplomat
  • (Dis)Honesty — The Truth about Lies
  • Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll
  • Dreamcatcher
  • dream/killer
  • Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon
  • Eating Happiness
  • Every Last Child
  • Evidence of Harm
  • Farewell to Hollywood
  • Finders Keepers
  • The Forecaster
  • Frame by Frame
  • Gardeners of Eden
  • A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile
  • Godspeed: The Story of Page Jones
  • Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
  • He Named Me Malala
  • Heart of a Dog
  • Hitchcock/Truffaut
  • How to Change the World
  • Human
  • The Hunting Ground
  • I Am Chris Farley
  • In Jackson Heights
  • In My Father’s House
  • India’s Daughter
  • Ingrid Bergman — In Her Own Words
  • Iraqi Odyssey
  • Iris
  • Janis: Little Girl Blue
  • Karski & the Lords of Humanity
  • Killing Them Safely
  • Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
  • Lambert & Stamp
  • A Lego Brickumentary
  • Listen to Me Marlon
  • Live from New York!
  • The Look of Silence
  • Meet the Patels
  • Meru
  • The Mind of Mark DeFriest
  • Misery Loves Comedy
  • Monkey Kingdom
  • A Murder in the Park
  • My Italian Secret
  • My Voice, My Life
  • 1971
  • Of Men and War
  • One Cut, One Life
  • Only the Dead See the End of War
  • The Outrageous Sophie Tucker
  • Peace Officer
  • The Pearl Button
  • Pink & Blue: Colors of Hereditary Cancer
  • Poached
  • Polyfaces
  • The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers
  • Prophet’s Prey
  • Racing Extinction
  • The Resurrection of Jake the Snake
  • Ride the Thunder — A Vietnam War Story of Victory & Betrayal
  • Rosenwald
  • The Russian Woodpecker
  • Searching for Home: Coming Back from War
  • Seeds of Time
  • Sembene!
  • The Seven Five
  • Seymour: An Introduction
  • Sherpa
  • A Sinner in Mecca
  • Something Better to Come
  • Song from the Forest
  • Song of Lahore
  • Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine
  • Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans
  • Stray Dog
  • Sunshine Superman
  • Sweet Micky for President
  • Tab Hunter Confidential
  • The Tainted Veil
  • Tap World
  • (T)error
  • Thao’s Library
  • Those Who Feel the Fire Burning
  • 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets
  • The Touch of an Angel
  • TransFatty Lives
  • The True Cost
  • Twinsters
  • Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists
  • The Wanted 18
  • We Are Many
  • We Come as Friends
  • We Were Not Just… Bicycle Thieves. Neorealism
  • Welcome to Leith
  • What Happened, Miss Simone?
  • What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy
  • Where to Invade Next
  • Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom
  • The Wolfpack
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