Dec 022015
 

thehuntingground

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 15 films which have made the short-list for the Best Documentary Feature category for the 88th Academy Awards. The 15 were selected from a list of 124 eligible films. The 5 films which will receive a nomination will be announced on January 14, 2016, along with the rest of the categories.

Amy
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
Meru
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

I have only seen 5 of the films above, and I’m very happy to see that the challenging & topical films, The Hunting Ground and Cartel Land have both made the short-list. I also enjoyed Going Clear , although I personally don’t think it reaches the heights of aforementioned films. It’s interesting, but it is very much of the Alex Gibney mold – if you’ve seen any of his films, it feels very familiar.

I really don’t get the love for Amy, which along with The Look of Silence is widely considered a front-runner for the win. Amy isn’t a good documentary for many reasons. I love Senna, but I don’t like Amy.

There was hope that the Australian film Sherpa might get a nomination, but it seems there was only room for one mountain climbing film, with the highly praised Meru making the short-list.

The biggest omission for me is Welcome to Leith, the incredible Sundance documentary about a Neo-nazi who moves into a small community and attempts to set up a haven for fellow white supremacists. As well as been beautifully shot, the film offers both sides of the story in a far more in-depth and inclusive way than the average “good side/bad side” documentary.

I’ll be trying to watch a few more of these before the end of the year, with Meru, The Look of Silence, and Listen To Me Marlon on my must-see list.

Did your favourite documentary make the list? Which film(s) would you like to see receive a nomination?

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