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Oscars 2018: Best Documentary Feature

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The 170 films in contention, the only ones of which I have seen so far are Kedi and Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story, both of which I loved:

“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”
“Aida’s Secrets”
“Al Di Qua”
“All the Rage”
“All These Sleepless Nights”
“AlphaGo”
“The American Media and the Second Assassination of President John F. Kennedy”
“And the Winner Isn’t”
“Angels Within”
“Architects of Denial”
“Arthur Miller: Writer”
“Atomic Homefront”
“The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography”
“Bang! The Bert Berns Story”
“Bending the Arc”
“Big Sonia”
“Bill Nye: Science Guy”
“Birthright: A War Story”
“Bobbi Jene”
“Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story”
“Born in China”
“Born to Lead: The Sal Aunese Story”
“Boston”
“Brimstone & Glory”
“Bronx Gothic”
“Burden”
“California Typewriter”
“Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story”
“Casting JonBenet”
“Chasing Coral”
“Chasing Trane”
“Chavela”
“Citizen Jane: Battle for the City”
“City of Ghosts”
“Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives”
“Cries from Syria”
“Cruel & Unusual”
“Cuba and the Cameraman”
“Dawson City: Frozen Time”
“Dealt”
“The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson”
“Destination Unknown”
“Dina”
“Dolores”
“Dream Big: Engineering Our World”
“A Dying King: The Shah of Iran”
“Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends)”
“Earth: One Amazing Day”
“11/8/16”
“Elian”
“Embargo”
“Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars”
“Escapes”
“Everybody Knows... Elizabeth Murray”
“Ex Libris - The New York Public Library”
“Extraordinary Ordinary People”
“Faces Places”
“The Farthest”
“The Final Year”
“Finding Oscar”
“500 Years”
“Food Evolution”
“For Ahkeem”
“The Force”
“The Freedom to Marry”
“From the Ashes”
“Gaga: Five Foot Two”
“A German Life”
“Get Me Roger Stone”
“Gilbert”
“God Knows Where I Am”
“Good Fortune”
“A Gray State”
“Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It All”
“Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story”
“Hearing Is Believing”
“Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS”
“Human Flow”
“I Am Another You”
“I Am Evidence”
“I Am Jane Doe”
“I Called Him Morgan”
“Icarus”
“If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast”
“The Incomparable Rose Hartman”
“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”
“Intent to Destroy”
“Jane”
“Jeremiah Tower The Last Magnificent”
“Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton”
“Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold”
“Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower”
“Karl Marx City”
“Kedi”
“Keep Quiet”
“Kiki”
“LA 92”
“The Last Dalai Lama?”
“The Last Laugh”
“Last Men in Aleppo”
“Legion of Brothers”
“Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982 - 1992”
“Let’s Play Two”
“Letters from Baghdad”
“Long Strange Trip”
“Look & See”
“Machines”
“Man in Red Bandana”
“Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance”
“Motherland”
“Mully”
“My Scientology Movie”
“Naples ’44”
“Neary’s - The Dream at the End of the Rainbow”
“Night School”
“No Greater Love”
“No Stone Unturned”
“Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press”
“Nowhere to Hide”
“Obit”
“Oklahoma City”
“One of Us”
“The Paris Opera”
“The Pathological Optimist”
“Prosperity”
“The Pulitzer at 100”
“Quest”
“Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman”
“The Rape of Recy Taylor”
“The Reagan Show”
“Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan”
“Risk”
“A River Below”
“Rocky Ros Muc”
“Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World”
“Santoalla”
“School Life”
“Score: A Film Music Documentary”
“Served Like a Girl”
“The Settlers”
“78/52”
“Shadowman”
“Shot! The Psycho Spiritual Mantra of Rock”
“Sidemen: Long Road to Glory”
“The Skyjacker’s Tale”
“Sled Dogs”
“Soufra”
“Spettacolo”
“Step”
“Stopping Traffic: The Movement to End Sex-Trafficking”
“Strong Island”
“Surviving Peace”
“Swim Team”
“Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton”
“Take My Nose... Please!”
“They Call Us Monsters”
“32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide”
“This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous”
“Tickling Giants”
“Trophy”
“Twenty Two”
“Unrest”
“Vince Giordano - There’s a Future in the Past”
“Voyeur”
“Wait for Your Laugh”
“Wasted! The Story of Food Waste”
“Water & Power: A California Heist”
“Whitney. “Can I Be Me””
“Whose Streets?”
“The Work”

A shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December. The final five nominees will be announced January 23.

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The Producers Guild of America nominees:

·       “Chasing Coral”
·       “City of Ghosts”
·       “Cries from Syria”
·       “Earth: One Amazing Day”
·       “Jane”
·       “Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower”
·       “The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee”

The winner will be announced January 20.

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The 15-film shortlist:

  • “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, Kartemquin Educational Films and WGBH/FRONTLINE
  • “Chasing Coral,” Exposure Labs in partnership with The Ocean Agency & View Into the Blue in association with Argent Pictures & The Kendeda Fund
  • “City of Ghosts,” Our Time Projects and Jigsaw Productions
  • “Ex Libris – The New York Public Library,” Ex Libris Films
  • “Faces Places,” Ciné Tamaris
  • “Human Flow,” Participant Media and AC Films
  • “Icarus,” Netflix Documentary in association with Impact Partners, Diamond Docs, Chicago Media Project and Alex Productions
  • “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” Paramount Pictures and Participant Media
  • “Jane,” National Geographic Studios in association with Public Road Productions
  • “LA 92,” Lightbox
  • “Last Men in Aleppo,” Larm Film
  • “Long Strange Trip,” Double E Pictures, AOMA Sunshine Films and Sikelia
  • “One of Us,” Loki Films
  • “Strong Island,” Yanceville Films and Louverture Films
  • “Unrest,” Shella Films and Little by Little Films

Chasing Coral, City of Ghosts and Jane are the only PGA nominees on the Academy's shortlist.

The final nominees will be announced, along with all the other Oscar nominees, on January 23.

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The ACE Eddie Award nominations:

  • Cries from Syria
  • Jane
  • Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold
  • LA 92

Jane is the only nominee on both the PGA list and the Academy's shortlist. Cries from Syria is a PGA nominee but not on the Academy's shortlist. LA 92 is on the Academy's shortlist but is not a PGA nominee.

The winner will be announced January 26.

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The Writers Guild Award nominees in this category:

  • Betting on Zero, Written by Theodore Braun; Gunpowder & Sky
  • Jane, Written by Brett Morgen; National Geographic
  • No Stone Unturned, Written by Alex Gibney; Abramorama
  • Oklahoma City, Written by Barak Goodman; American Experience Films

Jane is the only nominee on the Academy's shortlist.

The winner will be announced February 11.

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The Cinema Audio Society award nominees in this category:

  • An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
  • Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars
  • Gaga: Five Feet Two
  • Jane
  • Long Strange Trip

Three of those films are on the Academy's shortlist. Jane is the only one that has been nominated by the other guilds.

The winner will be announced February 24.

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The Directors Guild of America nominees in this category:

  • Ken Burns & Lynn Novick, The Vietnam War
  • Bryan Fogel, Icarus
  • Matthew Heineman, City of Ghosts
  • Steve James, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
  • Errol Morris, Wormwood

Notably, this is the first guild that did *not* nominate Jane.

The Vietnam War and Wormwood were not on the Academy's longlist, much less its shortlist, possibly because those documentaries are more accurately described as TV miniseries rather than as feature films. (The fact that O.J. Made in America -- another documentary miniseries -- won the Oscar last year prompted the Academy to revise its eligibility rules, I think.)

The other three DGA nominees are all on the Academy's shortlist. City of Ghosts was nominated for a PGA award, but neither of the other two have been nominated for any guild awards, to my knowledge.

The winner will be announced February 3.

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On 11/21/2017 at 4:44 PM, Peter T Chattaway said:

The Producers Guild of America nominees:

·       “Chasing Coral”
·       “City of Ghosts”
·       “Cries from Syria”
·       “Earth: One Amazing Day”
·       “Jane”
·       “Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower”
·       “The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee”

The winner will be announced January 20.

And the winner is... Jane.

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The Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel nominees in this category:

  • Bill Nye: The Science Guy
  • Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars
  • Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS
  • Icarus
  • An Incovenient Sequel: Truth to Power
  • In Pursuit of Silence
  • Jane
  • Score: A Film Music Documentary

Notably, only three of these films -- Icarus, An Inconvenient Sequel and Jane -- are on the Academy's shortlist. All three of those films have been nominated by at least one of the other guilds, too.

The winner will be announced February 18.

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And the nominees are...

  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
  • Faces Places
  • Icarus
  • Last Men in Aleppo
  • Strong Island

Shockingly, there was no nomination for Jane, the one film that was nominated by almost all of the guilds. Abacus and Icarus have Directors Guild nominations, and Icarus also has a Motion Picture Sound Editors nomination.

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In case anyone wants to watch these films online...

Icarus and Strong Island are Netflix releases and are thus available for streaming on that platform. Last Men in Aleppo is also currently available on Netflix (at least in Canada and the U.S.).

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail is a PBS production and is thus available for streaming on their website.

I do not know if it is possible to watch Faces/Places online anywhere. I have read that it will come out on DVD on March 6, but that is two days *after* the Oscar ceremony.

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On 1/4/2018 at 9:13 AM, Peter T Chattaway said:

The ACE Eddie Award nominations:

  • Cries from Syria
  • Jane
  • Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold
  • LA 92

Jane is the only nominee on both the PGA list and the Academy's shortlist. Cries from Syria is a PGA nominee but not on the Academy's shortlist. LA 92 is on the Academy's shortlist but is not a PGA nominee.

The winner will be announced January 26.

And the winner is... Jane, which wasn't even nominated for the Oscar.

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On 1/10/2018 at 5:19 PM, Peter T Chattaway said:

The Directors Guild of America nominees in this category:

  • Ken Burns & Lynn Novick, The Vietnam War
  • Bryan Fogel, Icarus
  • Matthew Heineman, City of Ghosts
  • Steve James, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
  • Errol Morris, Wormwood

. . . The winner will be announced February 3.

And the winner is... City of Ghosts, which wasn't even nominated for the Oscar.

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On 1/4/2018 at 12:11 PM, Peter T Chattaway said:

The Writers Guild Award nominees in this category:

  • Betting on Zero, Written by Theodore Braun; Gunpowder & Sky
  • Jane, Written by Brett Morgen; National Geographic
  • No Stone Unturned, Written by Alex Gibney; Abramorama
  • Oklahoma City, Written by Barak Goodman; American Experience Films

Jane is the only nominee on the Academy's shortlist.

The winner will be announced February 11.

And the winner is... Jane, which (like all the other nominees for this award) wasn't even nominated for an Oscar.

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On 1/22/2018 at 3:53 PM, Peter T Chattaway said:

The Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel nominees in this category:

  • Bill Nye: The Science Guy
  • Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars
  • Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS
  • Icarus
  • An Incovenient Sequel: Truth to Power
  • In Pursuit of Silence
  • Jane
  • Score: A Film Music Documentary

Notably, only three of these films -- Icarus, An Inconvenient Sequel and Jane -- are on the Academy's shortlist. All three of those films have been nominated by at least one of the other guilds, too.

The winner will be announced February 18.

And the winner is... Jane, which wasn't even nominated for the Oscar.

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On 10/01/2018 at 7:57 AM, Peter T Chattaway said:

The Cinema Audio Society award nominees in this category:

  • An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
  • Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars
  • Gaga: Five Feet Two
  • Jane
  • Long Strange Trip

Three of those films are on the Academy's shortlist. Jane is the only one that has been nominated by the other guilds.

The winner will be announced February 24.

And the winner is... Jane, which wasn't even nominated for the Oscar.

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