A Record Number of Documentaries Submitted for Oscar Consideration

blog_docfeature_1430x804A record 170 documentaries have been submitted for consideration in the 90th Academy Awards’ documentary feature category.

This list will be narrowed down to 15 films in December. Some of the best I have seen so far include, Cries from Syria (a must see), Casting JonBonet, Chasing Coral, Icarus and Whitney, “Can I be Me”.

Here is the complete list:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Aida’s Secrets
Al Di Qua
All the Rage
All These Sleepless Nights
The American Media and the Second Assassination of President John F. Kennedy
And the Winner Isn’t
Angels Within
Architects of Denial
Arthur Miller: Writer
Atomic Homefront
The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography
Bang! The Bert Berns Story
Bending the Arc
Big Sonia
Bill Nye: Science Guy
Birthright: A War Story
Bobbi Jene
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
Born in China
Born to Lead: The Sal Aunese Story
Brimstone & Glory
Bronx Gothic
California Typewriter
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story
Casting JonBenet
Chasing Coral
Chasing Trane
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
City of Ghosts
Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives
Cries from Syria
Cruel & Unusual
Cuba and the Cameraman
Dawson City: Frozen Time
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
Destination Unknown
Dream Big: Engineering Our World
A Dying King: The Shah of Iran
Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends)
Earth: One Amazing Day
Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars
Everybody Knows… Elizabeth Murray
Ex Libris – The New York Public Library
Extraordinary Ordinary People
Faces Places
The Farthest
The Final Year
Finding Oscar
500 Years
Food Evolution
For Ahkeem
The Force
The Freedom to Marry
From the Ashes
Gaga: Five Foot Two
A German Life
Get Me Roger Stone
God Knows Where I Am
Good Fortune
A Gray State
Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It All
Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story
Hearing Is Believing
Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS
Human Flow
I Am Another You
I Am Evidence
I Am Jane Doe
I Called Him Morgan
If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast
The Incomparable Rose Hartman
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Intent to Destroy
Jeremiah Tower The Last Magnificent
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold
Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower
Karl Marx City
Keep Quiet
LA 92
The Last Dalai Lama?
The Last Laugh
Last Men in Aleppo
Legion of Brothers
Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982 – 1992
Let’s Play Two
Letters from Baghdad
Long Strange Trip
Look & See
Man in Red Bandana
Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance
My Scientology Movie
Naples ’44
Neary’s – The Dream at the End of the Rainbow
Night School
No Greater Love
No Stone Unturned
Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press
Nowhere to Hide
Oklahoma City
One of Us
The Paris Opera
The Pathological Optimist
The Pulitzer at 100
Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman
The Rape of Recy Taylor
The Reagan Show
Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan
A River Below
Rocky Ros Muc
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
School Life
Score: A Film Music Documentary
Served Like a Girl
The Settlers
Shot! The Psycho Spiritual Mantra of Rock
Sidemen: Long Road to Glory
The Skyjacker’s Tale
Sled Dogs
Stopping Traffic: The Movement to End Sex-Trafficking
Strong Island
Surviving Peace
Swim Team
Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton
Take My Nose… Please!
They Call Us Monsters
32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide
This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous
Tickling Giants
Twenty Two
Vince Giordano – There’s a Future in the Past
Wait for Your Laugh
Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
Water & Power: A California Heist
Whitney. “Can I Be Me”
Whose Streets?
The Work


Trailer for Netflix Documentary Icarus 


Netflix has released the first trailer for Icarus a documentary about the doping scandal that Russia was involved in during the Rio games. The film debuted at Sundance earlier this year to very strong reviews.

The first half of the doc shows the filmmaker, Bryan Fogel as he himself participates in doping under supervision of course. Fogel then discovers the huge Russian scandal that was going on during 2016.

Icarus will be streaming on Netflix beginning August 4th.

International Documentary Association Awards Nominees


The IDA Documentary Awards is the world’s most prestigious event dedicated to the documentary genre, celebrating the best nonfiction films and programs of the year.

They announced their nominees today for the best docs of 2016. The winners will be announced Friday, December 9th at Paramount Studios.

Best Feature Award
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
O.J.: Made in America

Best Short Award
The Above
Clinica De Migrantes : Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Red Lake
The White Helmets

Pare Lorentz Award
Starless Dreams

Creative Recognition Award Winners

Best Cinematography
Fire at Sea

Best Editing

Best Writing
I Am Not Your Negro

Best Music
The Bad Kids

ABC News VideoSource Award
I Am Not Your Negro
The Lovers and the Despot
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You


(Press release) BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved rules for the 86th Oscars®. The most significant change affects the Animated Feature Film category.

In this category, the new rule designates a maximum of two award recipients, one of whom must have a producer credit. The director and/or key creative individual shall continue to be a recipient, and in the circumstance of a two-person team with shared and equal director credit, a third statuette may be awarded.
Previously announced rules changes for the 86th Academy Awards® include allowing members to see the nominated documentary shorts and foreign language films either at a theatrical screening or on DVD. Prior to the final round of voting, the Academy will provide members with DVDs of the nominated films in five categories: Foreign Language Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Animated Short Film, and Live Action Short Film.

Other adjustments to the rules include standard date and other routine changes.

Rules are reviewed annually by individual branch and category committees. The Awards Rules Committee then evaluates all proposed changes before presenting its recommendations to the Academy’s Board of Governors for approval.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.