The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 81st Academy Awards®. A record 94 pictures originally qualified in the category. The Documentary Branch Screening Committee viewed all the eligible documentaries for the preliminary round of voting. Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles on this shortlist.
The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order:
AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR
THE BETRAYAL (Nerakhoon)
BLESSED IS THE MATCH: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF HANNAH SENESH
ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD
GLASS: A PORTRAIT OF PHILIP IN TWELVE PARTS
IN A DREAM
MADE IN AMERICA
MAN ON WIRE
PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE (S.O.P.)
THEY KILLED SISTER DOROTHY
TROUBLE THE WATER
The 81st Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, 22 January 2009, at 5:30 a.m., PT, in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on Sunday, 22 February 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
Here are the five I would like to see nominated: GLASS: A PORTRAIT OF PHILIP IN TWELVE PARTS, MADE IN AMERICA, MAN ON WIRE, PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL, and STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE. What are your picks?