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Directors (For Sama)
Lulu Wang (The Farewell)
Ritesh Batra (Photograph)
Schmidt & Abrantes (Diamantino)
Jia Zhang-ke (Ash is Purest White)

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Charts are for entertainment and speculation purposes only. Read and discuss 

Updated Chart - 02/02/14
(scroll down for documentary & shorts)
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ANIMATED FEATURE    - Discuss Here

Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
Nov 27th

The Wind Rises
Hayao Miyazaki
(Studio Ghibli/Disney)
Qualifying Run
Despicable Me 2
Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud
July 3rd

Ernest & Celestine
Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar & Benjamin Renner
Qualifying Run 

The Croods (Dreamworks)
March 23rd 
A Snow Queen / Wicked mashup maybe but it's still your likely winner: big and beautiful and brassy  Miyazaki's finale is about an aeronautical genius. The controversial topic will cost it some love but it's a dream / nightmare This branch hasn't been big on sequels especially when they didn't nominate the original. And yet that massive box office was too hard to ignore The category needs its hand drawn charmers. This bear and mouse friendship wins raves wherever it plays.  The cave people comedy was a big hit early in the year. It's flashy and scrappy enough that it just might land in the shortlist.

The Other Finalists: Monsters University, O Apostolo, A Letter to Momo, epic, The Fake, Rio 2096, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Turbo, Legend of Sarila, and Khumba




Documentary Feature - Nominees
 - Discuss Here

20 Feet From Stardom

The Act of Killing Cutie & The Boxer

The Square

Dirty Wars

Biggest doc hit of the year is about back up singers to famous musicians

Glenn's Take

This controversial documentary asks mass murderers to restage their kills 

Glenn's Take

a contentious couple, art world doc

 Netflix purchased this one about Egyptian revolutionaries

Glenn's Take
Jose's Take 


The Finalists That Didn't Make it to a Coveted Nomination: BLACKFISH was the most surprising given its box office success and how many people talk about it. STORIES WE TELL was saddest, since it's great but they rarely go for documentaries that push the form. Also: GOD LOVES UGANDA, WHICH WAY IS THE FRONT LINE FROM HERE, THE ARMSTRONG LIE, FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED, TIM'S VERMEER, LIFE ACCORDING TO SAM, THE CRASH REEL, PUSSY RIOT: A PUNK PRAYER 

High Profile Eliminations
Some key titles from the 151 long finalist list that didn't make it to this cut
The Missing Picture, Leviathan, At Berkeley, After Tiller, Call Me Kuchu, Generation Iron, Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?, Muscle Schoals, Blood Brother and The Unknown Known




Currented Predicted Nominees - Discuss Here

The Lady in Number 6
(Canada | USA | UK)
Malcolm Clarke
14 films | 2 noms | 1 win
Official Site

Karama Has No Walls
(United Arab Emirates | UK | Yemen)
Sara Ishaq
debut film
Official Site

Jeffrey Karoff
debut film
Official Site
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall
Edgar Barens
debut film
Official Site

Facing Fear
Jason Cohen
directorial debut
Official Site

39 minutes

A doc about Alice Herz-Sommer, the world's oldest living Holocaust survivor who is 109.

26 minutes
human rights

Yemen's 2011 uprising

39 minutes
the arts

an artist who digs massive cathedral like caves in sandstone cliffs wars with his patrons

40 minutes
human rights

a terminally ill convict inside America's oldest maximum security prison

23 minutes
LGBT / human rights

a neo nazi and his gay victim reunite 25 years after a brutal attack on a journey of forgiveness

Finalists that were not nominated:
RECOLLECTIONS (Japan) on Tsunami victims and temporary housing,  JUJUITSING REALITY (USA) about a screenwriter with Lou Gehrig's disease, and SLOMO (USA) about a neurophysicist abandoning his former life

The documentary committee viewed 40 qualifying shorts (long list names - does anyone have them?) before drawing up this list of 8 finalists. Up to 5 can be nominated on January 16th. Curiously many of them are debut efforts and biographies are hot this year.




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That Wasn't Me
Esteban Crespo
Do I Have To Take Care of Everything
Selma Vilhunen
Just Before Losing Everything
Xavier Legrande
The Voorman Problem
Mark Gill
Anders Walter

23 minutes

a harrowing story about child soldiers. Are there any other kind but harrowing?

7 minutes

A comedy about a family who oversleeps on the day of an important wedding. Naturally all hell breaks loose

29 minutes

a woman and her children pretending to go to school are in a desperate rush to her supermarket. But why?

13 minutes

This BAFTA nominated short stars Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) as a doctor interviewing a prisoner (Tom Hollander) who claims to be God

23 minutes

a dying boy hears magical tales from a hospital janitor

(previous work by this director)

FINALISTS: Record/Play (USA), Kush (India), Throat Song (Canada), Two (Germany/Croatia), Tiger Boy (Italy)




Daniel Sousa
Get a Horse!
Lauren MacMullan
playing w/ Frozen 
Shuhei Morita
Room on the Broom
Max Lang & Jan Lachauer

Mr Hublot
Laurent Witz
Official Site 

13 minutes

A wild boy discovered in the woods is brought back to civilization. 

6 minutes

Mickey Mouse is back (for his 85th birthday) with  an ingenious use of 3D to mix the contemporary with the classic

14 minutes

"One night in the 18th Century, deep in the mountains, a man loses his way and comes across a small shrine. As he enters, the space transforms into a room of a different world."



 11 minutes

a shy eccentric man with OCD gets a robot pet. Sharing his home is difficult

FINALISTS: The Missing Scarf, Gloria Victoria, Hollow Land, Requiem for Romance, Subconcious Password