Documentary on Amy Winehouse and Nina Simone make Oscar shortlist

Out of 124 films submitted in the category only 15 films made the cut.

<> on October 19, 2009 in Santa Clarita, California.

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 88th Academy Awards.  Amy poster

124 films were originally submitted in the category but only 15 films made the cut.

These include the moving documentaries on singer Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone and British director Marc Silver’s intense piece “3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets” which highlights racism in America. The film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact.

Check out the complete list below:
“Best of Enemies”
“Cartel Land”
“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”
“He Named Me Malala
“Heart of a Dog”
“The Hunting Ground”
“Listen to Me Marlon”
“The Look of Silence”
“3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets”
“We Come as Friends”
“What Happened, Miss Simone?”
“Where to Invade Next”
“Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom”

The Academy’s Documentary Branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting.  77TH ACADEMY AWARDSDocumentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles.

The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 5:30 a.m. PT at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Hosted by Chris Rock (pictured left), the 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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