Sat. Sep 19th, 2020

151 Documentaries Qualify for Oscar

The Act of Killing, one of 151 eligible documentaries for the Oscar this year.
The Act of Killing, one of 151 eligible documentaries for the Oscar this year.

In an astounding increase of 20% from last year, the eligibility for the Documentary Feature Film Oscar has risen to 151 year. Screeners for all 151 films are in the hands of voters, including frontrunners Blackfish, The Art of Killing, Stories We Tell and 20 Feet From Stardom. Although we’ve seen year after year many frontrunners and even expected winners fall by the wayside come nomination morning due to the eccentricities of the elitist documentary nomination committee, the rule changes for the voting (now allowing the entire academy to vote) should dramatically change the outcome.

Of the 151 eligible films, voters are asked to vote for their five favorites that will create the 15-film shortlist that will be revealed in December. So, everyone cross your fingers and start your prayer circle for the One Direction concert movie.

Here’s the list:

The Act of Killing
After Tiller
AKA Doc Pomus
American Made Movie
American Promise
Approved for Adoption
The Armstrong Life
At Berkeley

Becoming Traviata
Best Kept Secret
Bettie Page Reveals All
Bidder 70
Big Men
These Birds Walk
Blood Brother
Brave Miss World
Bridging the Gap

Call Me Kuchu
Casting By
The Cinema: A Brief History of World Cinema
Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen
The Crash Reel
Cutie and the Boxer

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay
Dirty Wars
Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey

Enzo Avitabile Music Life
Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie

Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story
Fire In The Blood
First Comes Love
First Cousin Once Removed
For No Good Reason
Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners
Free China: The Courage to Believe
Free The Mind

The Gardener
Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird
Gasland II
Generation Iron
The Ghosts In Our Machine
Gideon’s Army
Girl Rising
The Girls in The Band
Go Grandriders
God Loves Uganda
Good Ol’ Freda
Greedy Lying Bastards
Growing Up Refugee

Hava Nagila: The Movie
Herblock: The Black & The White

I Am Breathing
Inequality For All
Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? An Animated Conversation With Noam Chomsky
It’s Better To Jump

Jodorwsky’s Dune


The Last of The Unjust
Let The Fire Burn
Letters to Jackie
Life According To Sam
Lion Ark
Liv and Ingmar
Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story

Married and Counting
MisLead: America’s Secret Epidemic
The Missing Picture
Mondays With William
Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve
More Than Honey
Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary
Murph: The Protector
Muscle Shoals
The Muslims Are Coming!
My Father and the Man in Black

Narco Cultura
The Network
The New Black
99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film
No Place on Earth
Not Yet Begun to Fight

One Direction: This is Us
One PM Central Standard Time
Our Nixon

Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey
Pandora’s Promise
The Paw Project
A Place At The Table
Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself
The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

Re-emerging: The Jews of Nigeria
Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust
The Revolutionary Optimists
Rising from Ashes
A River Changes Course
Running From Crazy

The Second Meeting
Seduced and Abandoned
Shepard & Dark
The Short Game
Six By Sondheim
Sound City
Spark: A Burning Man Story
Spinning Plates
The Square
State 194
Stolen Seas
Stories We Tell
Storm Surfers in 3D
The Summit
Sweet Dreams
Symphony of the Soil

Terms and Conditions May Apply
Tim’s Vermeer
The Trials of Muhammad Ali
12 12 12
20 Feet From Stardom
Two: The Story of Roman and Nyro

The Unbelievers
The United States of Autism
The United States of Football
The Unknown Known

Valentine Road
Valentino’s Ghost

Walter: Lessons From The World’s Oldest People
Wampler’s Ascent
War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State
We Came Home
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks
We The Parents
We Will See Tomorrow
When I Walk
Which Way Is the Front Line From Her? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington
Why We Ride
Winter Nomads

Zipper: Coney Island’s Last Wild Ride


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