166 Docs Compete for Oscar Gold

By Pat Mullen

The race is on! 166 documentary features will compete for Oscar gold this year. The Academy released today the full list of eligible documentary features. Expected frontrunners include Morgan Neville’s Mister Rogers doc Won’t You Be My Neighbour?, climbing hit Free Solo, and timely political portrait RBG. A few Canadian films appear on the list including Leon Lee’s Letter from Masanjia, Michael Del Monte’s Hot Docs champ Transformer and Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan’s co-pro The Oslo Diaries. Both films are longshots, but have topical subjects that could be of interest to voters navigating the screener pile.

Voting in the category is restricted to members of the documentary branch in the first rounds. Doc members will winnow the field down to a shortlist of 15 films, which will be released Dec. 17 ahead of the final five nominees in January. Afterwards, the field opens to the full circus. Last year’s feature winner Icarus proved a breakthrough for streaming giant Netflix, which is in the hunt again with some dark horses including Quincy, Reversing Roe, while its contenders Seeing Allred and Morgan Neville’s Orson Welles doc They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead will likely take a backseat to RBG and Won’t You Be My Nieghbour?, respectively.

The full list of contenders, with coverage links where available, is as follows:

“Above and Beyond: NASA’S Journey to Tomorrow”

Active Measures

“Amazing Grace”

“American Chaos”

Andy Irons: Kissed by God

“Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco”

“Avicii: True Stories”

“Bali: Beats of Paradise”

Bathtubs over Broadway

“Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché”


“Better Angels”

“Bill Coors: The Will to Live”

Bisbee ’17

“The Bleeding Edge”

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

“Breaking Point: The War for Democracy in Ukraine”

Call Her Ganda

“Charm City”

Chef Flynn

The China Hustle

“Christian Audigier The Vif”

The Cleaners


“Crime + Punishment”

“Dark Money”

“Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders”

“The Dawn Wall”

The Distant Barking of Dogs

Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes


“Eating Animals”


Fahrenheit 11/9

“Fail State”

“Family in Transition”

“Far from the Tree”


“The First Patient”

“Foreign Land”

“40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie”

Free Solo

“Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable”

Generation Wealth

“Ghost Hunting”


“The Gilligan Manifesto”

The Gospel According to André

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Graves without a Name

“The Great Buster: A Celebration”


Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Half the Picture

“The Heart of Nuba”


“The Homeless Chorus Speaks”



In Search of Greatness

“In the Land of Pomegranates”

“Inventing Tomorrow”

“Invisible Hands”


“Jane Fonda in Five Acts”

“John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection”

The Judge

“Kangaroo: A Love Hate Story”

“Killer Bees”

The King

“King in the Wilderness”

Kusama – Infinity

“The Last Race”

Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy

Letter from Masanjia

“Licu, a Romanian Story”

“Living in the Future’s Past”


Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle

“Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story”

Love, Cecil

Love, Gilda

“Love Is Tolerance – Tolerance Is Love – Make Tolerance Great Again!”

“Making The Five Heartbeats”

Maria by Callas

Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.


Minding the Gap

“Monrovia, Indiana”

“The Most Unknown”

“New Moon”


“Nossa Chape”

Of Fathers and Sons

“Of Love & Law”

On Her Shoulders

“Opera about Poland”

“The Opera House”

The Oslo Diaries

The Other Side of Everything

“The Panama Papers”

“Path of Blood”

“People’s Republic of Desire”

“Philosopher King – Lee Teng-hui’s Dialogue”

Pick of the Litter


“Police Killing”

Pope Francis – A Man of His Word

The Price of Everything

“The Price of Free”

“Qiu (Inmates)”



“The Rachel Divide”

The Raft

“Recovery Boys”

Restoring Tomorrow

“Reversing Roe”

“The Road Movie”

“Robin Williams: Come inside My Mind”

Ruben Blades Is Not My Name

“Samouni Road”

“Saving Brinton”

“Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland”

Science Fair

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

Searching for Ingmar Bergman

Seeing Allred

“The Sentence”


“Shot in the Dark”

The Silence of Others

“Sisters of the Wilderness”

“A Son of Man”



“Studio 54”

“Summer in the Forest”

Tea with the Dames (aka Nothing Like a Dame)

“That Summer”

“That Way Madness Lies…”

“They Fight”

“They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead”

This Is Congo

“This Is Home: A Refugee Story”

Three Identical Strangers

“To Be Continued”


“Travel Ban”

“The Trial”

“Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace”

“Trust Machine”

“Under the Wire”

“United Skates”

“Unknown Distance”

“Up Down and Sideways”

The Waldheim Waltz

“We Could Be Heroes”

“Weed the People”

“What Haunts Us”

“What Lies Upstream”


“Wonderful Losers: A Different World”

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

“Yellow Is Forbidden”