Academy Announces Finalists for Documentary Shorts Oscar Category

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that the field of documentary short subject contenders for the 84th Academy Awards has been narrowed to eight films. Three to five will be nominated for an Oscar.

Voters from the Academy’s documentary branch watched 35 eligible entries this year and submitted their ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers for counting.

The eight shortlisted films are listed below in alphabetical order:

The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement, Purposeful Productions, Inc.

God Is the Bigger Elvis, Documentress Films

In Tahrir Square: 18 Days of Egypt's Unfinished Revolution, Downtown Docs

Incident in New Baghdad, Morninglight Films

Pipe Dreams, Leslie Iwerks Productions

Saving Face, Milkhaus/Jungefilm

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, Supply & Demand Integrated

Witness, Buche

The Academy Awards nominations will be announced live Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 at 5:30 a.m. PT/8:30 a.m. ET. The awards are set to take place Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theatre and will be shown on ABC.