15 Docs Advance in Oscar Race

Rex Features

By Pat Mullen

The Oscar race is officially on for doc fans! Today’s announcement of the 15-film shortlist officially whittles down the competition. The list contains few surprises and even fewer glaring omissions, aside from The Wolfpack not making the cut.. (As much as Sunshine Superman would have been welcome, few pundits had it pegged for the list.) Frontrunner Amy remains in contention as do other favourites Best of Enemies, What Happened, Miss Simone?, Where to Invade Next, The Look of Silence, and the excellent Cartel Land. Perhaps the best surprise is Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog, since the Academy doesn’t always favour the formally eccentric in the doc category.

The shortlist is as follows:

Amy, On the Corner Films and Universal Music
Best of Enemies, Sandbar
Cartel Land, Our Time Projects and The Documentary Group
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Jigsaw Productions
He Named Me Malala, Parkes-MacDonald and Little Room
Heart of a Dog, Canal Street Communications
The Hunting Ground, Chain Camera Pictures
Listen to Me Marlon, Passion Pictures
The Look of Silence, Final Cut for Real
Meru, Little Monster Films
3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets, The Filmmaker Fund, Motto Pictures, Lakehouse Films, Actual
Films, JustFilms, MacArthur Foundation and Bertha BRITDOC
We Come as Friends, Adelante Films
What Happened, Miss Simone?, RadicalMedia and Moxie Firecracker
Where to Invade Next, Dog Eat Dog Productions
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, Pray for Ukraine Productions

Did your favourite doc make the cut?