Oscars Documentary Features Shortlist: Here's a look at the 15 named

Oscars Documentary Features Shortlist: Here's a look at the 15 named
Faces Places in the running for best documentary.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards®. One hundred seventy films were originally submitted in the category.

The 15 feature documentaries all have a story to tell. Many can be previewed online, at arts theaters or on Netflix. The stories they tell are important and in many cases eye-opening.

The subjects are all over the map including:

The story of a small bank in New York’s Chinatown, the only U.S. bank indicted for mortgage fraud related to the 2008 banking crisis, “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” by the iconic documentary filmmaker behind “Hoop Dreams,” “Life Itself” and “The Interrupters,” Steve James.  

 “Chasing Coral,” an eye-opening  look at the world’s vanishing Coral reefs.  (Available on Netflix).

“Icarus,” the timely exploration of the truth about doping in sports with a chance meeting with a Russian scientist that transforms his story from a personal experiment into an explosive documentary. 

“LA 92,” Lightbox a look back on the 1992 Los Angeles riots through the lens of what we know today.  

“Faces Places” a romp through the French countryside with the charismatic 90-year-old filmmaker Agnès Varda and 33-year-old photographer and installation muralist JR.

“Human Flow,” a ground-breaking new documentary about the global refugee crisis from Ai Weiwei.

Here, in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, Kartemquin Educational Films and WGBH/FRONTLINE

“Chasing Coral,” Exposure Labs in partnership with The Ocean Agency & View Into the Blue in association with Argent Pictures & The Kendeda Fund

“City of Ghosts,” Our Time Projects and Jigsaw Productions

“Ex Libris – The New York Public Library,” Ex Libris Films

“Faces Places,” Ciné Tamaris

“Human Flow,” Participant Media and AC Films

“Icarus,” Netflix Documentary in association with Impact Partners, Diamond Docs, Chicago Media Project and Alex Productions

“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” Paramount Pictures and Participant Media

“Jane,” National Geographic Studios in association with Public Road Productions

“LA 92,” Lightbox

“Last Men in Aleppo,” Larm Film

“Long Strange Trip,” Double E Pictures, AOMA Sunshine Films and Sikelia

“One of Us,” Loki Films

“Strong Island,” Yanceville Films and Louverture Films

“Unrest,” Shella Films and Little by Little Films


Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. The 90th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018.

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