Oscars: 145 Feature Documentaries Vie for the Prize

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A shortlist of 15 films, from which the five nominees will be chosen, will be announced in December.

A whopping 145 feature documentary feature films have been submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for consideration for the feature doc Oscar at the 89th Academy Awards.

The titles range from Ava DuVernay’s 13th, a look at the mass incarceration of black men in the U.S., to Terrence Malick’s A Voyage of Time: The Imax Experience, which looks at the creation of the universe.

The lineup, which reflects a particularly strong year for docs, also includes Sundance Film Festival Documentary Grand Jury Prize winner Weiner, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s account of Anthony Weiner’s failed 2013 campaign to become Mayor of New York City, and the Toronto International Film Festival’s audience award winner for documentary I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck’s portrait of author and activist James Baldwin.

Members of the Academy’s documentary branch will choose a shortlist of 15 films that will be announced in December, and the five nominees will be announced on Jan. 24. The Oscars themselves will be handed out on Feb. 26.

The submitted films, listed in alphabetical order, are:

The Abolitionists
Abortion: Stories Women Tell
All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone
Almost Holy
Amanda Knox
Among the Believers
Anne Frank Then and Now
The Anthropologist
Apparition Hill
Art Bastard
The Ataxian
Audrie & Daisy
Author: The JT Leroy Story
The Bad Kids
Be Here Now (The Andy Whitfield Story)
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years
A Beautiful Planet
Beauty Bites Beast
Becoming Mike Nichols
Before the Flood
Behind Bayonets and Barbed Wire
Behind the Cove – The Quiet Japanese Speak Out!

Best and Most Beautiful Things
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits
Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened
A Billion Lives
Black Women in Medicine
Blood on the Mountain
23: The Forgotten Boys of Brazil
The Brainwashing of My Dad
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
By Sidney Lumet
The C Word
Citizen Soldier
City of Gold
Class Divide
Colliding Dreams
Command and Control
Danny Says

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War
Disturbing the Peace
Do Not Resist
Don’t Blink – Robert Frank
The Eagle Huntress
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words
Eating You Alive
Equal Means Equal
Eva Hesse
Everything Is Copy – Nora Ephron: Scripted & Unscripted
A Family Affair
Finding Babel
Fire at Sea
The First Monday in May
Floyd Norman: An Animated Life
Generation Startup
Gimme Danger

Harry & Snowman
Hate Rising With Jorge Ramos
Holy Hell
Hooligan Sparrow
How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change
I Am Not Your Negro
Indian Point
Into the Inferno
Iron Moon
Ivory. A Crime Story
The Ivory Game
Jim: The James Foley Story
Kate Plays Christine
Keepers of the Game
Landfill Harmonic
The Last Man on the Moon
Life, Animated
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World
Look at Us Now, Mother!
The Lovers and the Despot

Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA
Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures
Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing
Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
Mifune: The Last Samurai
Miss Sharon Jones!
The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
My Love, Don’t Cross That River
National Bird
National Parks Adventure
Never Surrender
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
Notes on Blindness
O.J.: Made in America
Off the Rails
Older Than Ireland
Olympic Pride, American Prejudice

On the Map
100 Years, One Woman’s Fight for Justice
Our Last Tango
Presenting Princess Shaw
The Red Pill
Rigged 2016
The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America
Rooted in Peace
The Ruins of Lifta
The Seventh Fire
Shadow World
Silicon Cowboys
Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
Starving the Beast
The Syndrome
Thank You for Your Service
Theo Who Lived
They Will Have to Kill Us First – Malian Music in Exile

This Is Life
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru
The Trans List
Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria
USS Indianapolis The Legacy
The Uncondemned
Under the Gun
Under the Sun
Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro
Unlocking the Cage
Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe
Voyage of Time: The Imax Experience
We Are X
When Two Worlds Collide
The Witness
Zero Days