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?).
'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.
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
Do you guys have any favourites for the Oscar? Discuss!