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‘Citizenfour’, ‘Life Itself’ among Oscar Documentary Shortlist

‘Citizenfour’, ‘Life Itself’ among Oscar Documentary Shortlist


One of the most consistently controversial categories in the Oscar race is the Best Documentary category, a branch that has snubbed Steve James, Werner Herzog and Errol Morris in past years.

This year however, Steve James did make the list with his documentary Life Itself, based on the life of Roger Ebert, along with the presumed frontrunner Citizenfour, which some are demanding earn a nomination for Best Picture.

Here’s the full list of 15 feature documentaries, all of which will now be eligible to choose from for nomination come January.

Art and Craft
The Case against 8
Citizen Koch 
Finding Vivian Maier
The Internet’s Own Boy
Jodorowsky’s Dune
Keep On Keepin’ On
The Kill Team
Last Days in Vietnam
Life Itself
The Overnighters
The Salt of the Earth
Tales of the Grim Sleeper

While this is a fairly representative list, 2014 was an especially great year for documentaries, and this list is without films like Red Army, Rich Hill, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, Particle Fever or on the music side, Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, Nick Cave’s 20,000 Days on Earth or The National’s Mistaken for Strangers.