Oscars 2017: 145 Documentary Features qualify for consideration

The 250 or so members of the documentary branch of the academy have a Herculean task ahead of them with Friday’s announcement that 145 documentary features have qualified for Oscar consideration. By year’s end, each film must have completed a week-long theatrical run in both Los Angeles and New York and been reviewed in either the Los Angeles Times or New York Times.

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Every month, the academy has been sending a package of newly eligible documentary feature screeners to branch members and randomly assigning one-fifth of them to watch any specific title. However all members are encouraged to view as many as they can. Last year, a full 62 of the 124 titles on the eligibility list were sent in October.

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Voters have until late November to list their top 15 picks on a preferential ballot. Those results will be compiled and produce a shortlist of 15 contenders to be announced in early December. All members of the branch then will be encouraged to watch the films on this list that they have not yet seen and cast preferential ballots with their top five choices. The resulting five Documentary Feature nominees will be unveiled along with all the other Oscar categories on Jan. 24.

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Below, the list of the 145 documentary features that qualified:

“The Abolitionists”

“Abortion: Stories Women Tell”

“All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone”

“Almost Holy”

“Amanda Knox”

“Among the Believers”

“Anne Frank Then and Now”

“The Anthropologist”

“Apparition Hill”

“Art Bastard”

“The Ataxian”

“Audrie & Daisy”

“Author: The JT Leroy Story”

“The Bad Kids”

“Be Here Now (The Andy Whitfield Story)”

“The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years”

“A Beautiful Planet”

“Beauty Bites Beast”

“Becoming Mike Nichols”

“Before the Flood”

“Behind Bayonets and Barbed Wire”

“Behind the Cove – The Quiet Japanese Speak Out!”

“Best and Most Beautiful Things”

“The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits”

“Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened”

“A Billion Lives”

“Black Women in Medicine”

“Blood on the Mountain”

“Boy 23: The Forgotten Boys of Brazil”

“The Brainwashing of My Dad”

“Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds”

“By Sidney Lumet”

“The C Word”


“Citizen Soldier”

“City of Gold”

“Class Divide”

“Colliding Dreams”

“Command and Control”


“Danny Says”

“Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War”

“Disturbing the Peace”

“Do Not Resist”

“Don’t Blink – Robert Frank”

“The Eagle Huntress”

“Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words”

“Eating You Alive”

“Equal Means Equal”

“Eva Hesse”

“Everything Is Copy – Nora Ephron: Scripted & Unscripted”

“A Family Affair”

“Finding Babel”

“Fire at Sea”

“The First Monday in May”

“Floyd Norman: An Animated Life”


“Generation Startup”

“Gimme Danger”


“Harry & Snowman”

“Hate Rising with Jorge Ramos”

“Holy Hell”

“Hooligan Sparrow”

“How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change”


“I Am Not Your Negro”

“Indian Point”

“Into the Inferno”

“Iron Moon”

“Ivory. A Crime Story”

“The Ivory Game”

“Jim: The James Foley Story”

“Kate Plays Christine”

“Keepers of the Game”

“Landfill Harmonic”

“The Last Man on the Moon”

“Life, Animated”

“Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World”

“Look at Us Now, Mother!”

“The Lovers and the Despot”


“Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA”

“Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures”

“Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing”

“Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame”


“Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise”

“Mifune: The Last Samurai”

“Miss Sharon Jones!”

“The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble”

“My Love, Don’t Cross That River”

“National Bird”

“National Parks Adventure”

“Never Surrender”


“Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You”

“Notes on Blindness”


“O.J.: Made in America”

“Off the Rails”

“Older than Ireland”

“Olympic Pride, American Prejudice”

“On the Map”

“100 Years, One Woman’s Fight for Justice”

“Our Last Tango”

“Presenting Princess Shaw”

“The Red Pill”

“Rigged 2016”

“The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip across Latin America”

“Rooted in Peace”

“The Ruins of Lifta”


“The Seventh Fire”

“Shadow World”

“Silicon Cowboys”

“Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang”


“Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four”

“Starving the Beast”

“The Syndrome”

“Thank You for Your Service”

“Theo Who Lived”

“They Will Have to Kill Us First – Malian Music in Exile”


“This Is Life”


“Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru”


“The Trans List”


“Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria”

“USS Indianapolis The Legacy”

“The Uncondemned”

“Under the Gun”

“Under the Sun”

“Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro”

“Unlocking the Cage”

“Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe”

“Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience”

“We Are X”


“When Two Worlds Collide”

“The Witness”

“Zero Days”

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