Awards Watch: 15 Documentary features shortlisted for Oscars

Bill Cunningham New York

It has been a terrific year for documentary features, indicated by the 124 films that qualified for voting in the 84th Academy Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has just announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards.

We are thrilled to see that two of our favourite films of the year, Bill Cunningham New York and Project Nim have made the list. Here’s hoping that they will make the final cut

Battle for Brooklyn (RUMER Inc.)
Bill Cunningham New York (First Thought Films)
Buck (Cedar Creek Productions)
Hell and Back Again (Roast Beef Productions Limited)
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (Marshall Curry Productions, LLC)
Jane’s Journey (NEOS Film GmbH & Co. KG)
The Loving Story (Augusta Films)
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (
Pina (Neue Road Movies GmbH)
Project Nim (Red Box Films)
Semper Fi: Always Faithful (Tied to the Tracks Films, Inc.)
Sing Your Song (S2BN Belafonte Productions, LLC)
Undefeated (Spitfire Pictures)
Under Fire: Journalists in Combat (JUF Pictures, Inc.)
We Were Here (Weissman Projects, LLC)

The 15 films, listed in alphabetical order above, were selected by the Documentary Branch Screening Committee, who will now nominate 5 films for final voting for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

The final Oscar nominees for the 84th Academy Awards will be announced 24 January 2012.

The 84th Academy Awards Ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on 27 February 2012.

  • No Senna. I’m disappointed by that. Also, no The Interrupters, which I have heard is fantastic (from the team that made Hoop Dreams). The only two I have seen are Project Nim and Bill Cunningham, and I did like them a lot. Especially Nim.