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Jordan Leech

The Oscar favourites for Best Documentary are Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing and Sarah Polley's Stories we Tell, which are among 13 other hopefuls who wish to nab the award at the 86th Academy Awards ceremony.

Due to changes in the nomination and selection process, this year had a record 1151 documentaries which were on the qualification list before it was cut down to 15 films. The documentaries selected tended to be more high-profile, including several backed by HBO (Is that cheating?).

Joshua Oppenheimer

's The Act Of Killing gives an unsettling account of seemingly remorseless men known to have committed mass murders, and even involves them recreating it for the camera. 's Stories We Tell recounts her own personal discovery of family secrets.

Also on the list of fifteen are 's The Square, The Armstrong Lie, Blackfish, and The Crash Reel.

Sarah Polley shooting The Stories We Tell

In the past, the Best Documentary Feature has been marred with controversy, as several films were omitted from the finalists for various reasons, mostly due to the flawed voting system. Last year's Academy Awards introduced a new system for selecting finalists which produced a well-praised selection. With a record 151 films to choose from this year, it may again prove controversial.

Full list below:

The Act of Killing - Final Cut for Real

The Armstrong Lie - The Kennedy/Marshall Company

Blackfish - Our Turn Productions

The Crash Reel - KP Rides Again

Cutie and the Boxer - Ex Lion Tamer and Cine Mosaic

Dirty Wars - Civic Bakery

First Cousin Once Removed - Experiments in Time, Light & Motion

God Loves Uganda - Full Credit Productions

Life According to Sam - Fine Films

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer - Roast Beef Productions

The Square - Noujaim Films and Maktube Productions

Stories We Tell - National Film Board of Canada

Tim’s Vermeer - High Delft Pictures

20 Feet from Stardom - Gil Friesen Productions and Tremolo Productions

Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington - Tripoli Street

(Source: thewrap)

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