15 Documentaries Shortlisted for 2015 Oscar Best Documentary Race

The Academy has announced the 15 documentaries that will advance in the voting process for the 2015 Oscars, competing in the Best Documentary category and among them is the presumed frontrunner Citizenfour, which was named Best Documentary by both the New York Film Critics and Gotham Awards just yesterday. In fact, it’s one of the few docs on the list I’ve actually seen so far along with the Roger Ebert doc Life Itself and Tales of the Grim Sleeper, though several of the others I actually have here on screener and will do my absolute best to get to most of them before the nominations are announced so I can predict this category. Though, at the moment, I fully expect at least Citizenfour and Life Itself to get a nomination and I’ve heard really good things about Keep On Keepin’ On.

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, all listed below.

  • Art and Craft (Purple Parrot Films)
  • The Case against 8 (Day in Court)
  • Citizen Koch (Elsewhere Films)
  • CitizenFour (Praxis Films)
  • Finding Vivian Maier (Ravine Pictures)
  • The Internet’s Own Boy (Luminant Media)
  • Jodorowsky’s Dune (City Film)
  • Keep On Keepin’ On (Absolute Clay Productions)
  • The Kill Team (f/8 filmworks)
  • Last Days in Vietnam (Moxie Firecracker Films)
  • Life Itself (Kartemquin Films and Film Rites)
  • The Overnighters (Mile End Films West)
  • The Salt of the Earth (Decia Films)
  • Tales of the Grim Sleeper (Lafayette Film)
  • Virunga (Grain Media)

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT with the 2015 Oscars set for Sunday, February 22, 2015.


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