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Nov102018

The 166 Documentaries Competing for Oscar's Love

Yesterday AMPAS released the list of the documentaries that are eligible for this year's Oscar. The list is always crazy long (even longer than the other top 'specialty' prize -foreign language film). Members of the doc branch have 166 films to sift through from which they will draw a final 15 and then vote from those 15 for the 5 nominees. We wish the Foreign Film committee would do the same since it strikes us as odd that they only get 9 finalists. But we digress.

Because Glenn Dunks does such fine work for us here in his series Doc Corner, we've already written up 24 of these contenders. If the title is linked below it goes to our review. The complete list of eligible documentaries follows after the jump...

166 CONTENDERS FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE AT THE OSCARS

“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”

“Believer”

“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”

“Communion”

“Crime + Punishment”  [CRITIC'S CHOICE NOMINEE, IDA NOMINEE]

Dark Money”  [CRITIC'S CHOICE NOMINEE, IDA NOMINEE]

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

“The Dawn Wall”

“The Distant Barking of Dogs” [ALSO NOMINATED AT THE EFA AWARDS]

“Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes”

“Drug$”

“Eating Animals”

“Eldorado” [ALSO ELIGIBLE IN FOREIGN FILM - SWITZERLAND'S SUBMISSION]

Fahrenheit 11/9

“Fail State”

“Family in Transition”

“Far from the Tree”

Filmworker

“The First Patient”

“Foreign Land”

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

“Free Solo”  [CRITIC'S CHOICE NOMINEE]

“Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable”

“Generation Wealth”

“Ghost Hunting”

“Ghosthunter”

“The Gilligan Manifesto”

The Gospel According to André

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

“Graves without a Name” [ALSO ELIGIBLE IN BEST FOREIGN FILM - CAMBODIA'S SUBMISSION]

“The Great Buster: A Celebration”

“Hal”

“Hale County This Morning, This Evening” [IDA NOMINEE]

“Half the Picture”

“The Heart of Nuba”

“Hillbilly”

“The Homeless Chorus Speaks”

“Hondros”

“Howard”

“In Search of Greatness”

“In the Land of Pomegranates”

“Inventing Tomorrow

“Invisible Hands”

“Itzhak”

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”

“Liyana”

“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.

McQueen

“Minding the Gap”  [CRITIC'S CHOICE NOMINEE, IDA NOMINEE]

Monrovia, Indiana

“The Most Unknown”

“New Moon”

“93Queen”

“Nossa Chape”

“Of Fathers and Sons” [ALSO NOMINATED AT THE EFA AWARDS, IDA NOMINEE]

“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”

“Piripkura”

“Police Killing”

“Pope Francis – A Man of His Word”

The Price of Everything

“The Price of Free”

“Qiu (Inmates)”

“Quincy”

RBG”  [CRITIC'S CHOICE NOMINEE]

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”  [ALSO ELIGIBLE IN FOREIGN FILM - PANAMA'S SUBMISSION]

“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

“Shirkers”

“Shot in the Dark”

“The Silence of Others” [ALSO NOMINATED AT THE EFA AWARDS, IDA NOMINEE]

“Sisters of the Wilderness”

“A Son of Man” [ALSO ELIGIBLE IN BEST FOREIGN FILM - AUSTRIA'S SUBMISSION]

“Songwriter”

“Stan”

Studio 54

“Summer in the Forest”

“Tea with the Dames”

“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” [CRITIC'S CHOICE NOMINEE]

“To Be Continued”

“Transformer”

“Travel Ban”

“The Trial”

“Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace”

“Trust Machine”

“Under the Wire”

“United Skates” [IDA NOMINEE]

“Unknown Distance”

“Up Down and Sideways”

“The Waldheim Waltz” [ALSO ELIGIBLE IN BEST FOREIGN FILM - AUSTRIA'S SUBMISSION]

“We Could Be Heroes”

“Weed the People”

“What Haunts Us”

“What Lies Upstream”

Whitney

“Wonderful Losers: A Different World” [ALSO ELIGIBLE IN FOREIGN FILM - LITHUANIA'S SUBMISSION]

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”  [CRITIC'S CHOICE NOMINEE, IDA NOMINEE]

“Yellow Is Forbidden” [ALSO ELIGIBLE IN FOREIGN FILM - NEW ZEALAND'S SUBMISSION]

“Yellowing”

WHAT'S MISSING? 
Notable omissions here are Hitler's Hollywood (which recently received a Critics Choice Nomination), Susanne Bartsch: On Top, Ryuichi Sakamota: Coda, Mercury 13, Sky & Ground (an IDA Nominee), Yours in Sisterhood, and I Am Evidence

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Reader Comments (5)

I can't emphasize enough how useful is your doc coverage. I always read Glenn's reviews.

I'm ashamed to say that I still haven't seen Jane Fonda in Five Acts.

November 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

is peter jackson's they shall not grow old not being released this year?

November 11, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterpar

It's 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?'s' to lose, right?

November 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTyler

I cried during the last half of Act Four of My Life in Five Acts.

November 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJakey

Beware of spanish doc "The Silence of Others". It's about OUR Holocaust, silenced and unpunished so far. A threat at every award.

November 13, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJesus Alonso

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