15 features on Best Documentary shortlist for the 2012 Oscars

Feature Glen Chapman
20 Nov 2011 - 17:04

15 titles look set to battle it out to make the final shortlist of five for the Best Documentary Oscar 2012. One of them, staggeringly, isn't Senna...

We recently reported on the eighteen titles in the running to be on the shortlist for the Best Animated Feature Academy Award, and now the contenders for Best Documentary have been revealed.

The films in contention for Best Animated Feature offered very little surprises and there certainly weren’t many that were noticeable from their omission. However, rather sadly, that’s not the case with the Best Documentary category, which has a number of high profile omissions.

The fifteen in contention are:

·    Battle for Brooklyn
·    Bill Cunningham New York
·    Buck
·    Hell and Back Again
·    If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
·    Jane’s Journey
·    The Loving Story
·    Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
·    Pina
·    Project Nim
·    Semper Fi: Always Faithful
·    Sing Your Song
·    Undefeated
·    Under Fire: Journalists in Combat
·    We Were Here

At this point it isn’t clear whether certain titles were deemed illegible on one of the multitude of technicalities the Academy Award categories carry.

But with the likes of Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey, Senna, TT3D Closer to the Edge, Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Pearl Jam 20,Tabloid and Into the Abyss being but a few of the high profile titles missing from the list, it makes you wonder what criteria has been applied to the selections. If there's any justice, Senna alone should be up for Best Picture, never mind Best Documentary Feature.

The Academy Awards take place on 26th February 2012. Leave your thoughts on that shortlist in the comments, below...

L.A. Times

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