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Posted: November 08, 2018

RBG, Whitney Houston, Mister Rogers documentaries among 166 submitted for Oscars


By Joey Nolfi

Entertainment Weekly

Where can you find Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Fred Rogers squaring off against Whitney Houston, Jane Fonda, and rapper M.I.A.? In the upcoming Oscar race, of course, as films about each of the aforementioned celebrities have been submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for awards consideration.

Today the Academy announced a full list of 166 titles contending for nominations in this year’s documentary feature category, including Kevin Macdonald’s Whitney, Morgan Neville’s Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Susan Lacy’s Jane Fonda in Five Acts, Steve Loveridge’s Matangi/Maya/M.I.A., and the Julie and Betsy West collaboration RBG.

Also vying for nominations are buzzy nonfiction titles like the festival stunner Free Solo, about rock climber Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to climb Yosemite’s El Capitan without safety equipment, the twisty Sundance hit Three Identical Strangers, the controversial Rachel Dolezal documentary The Rachel Divide, and Shirkers, which follows a group of women on a quest to stitch together their creative history after a colleague stole all the footage they shot for an independent film in 1992.

Many films on the list have yet to have their qualifying screenings in New York and Los Angeles. This year, for the first time, “films that have won a qualifying award at a competitive film festival or have been submitted in the Foreign Language Film category as their country’s official selection” are also eligible for nominations, per an Academy press release.

A shortlist of 15 advancing films will be announced Dec. 17, with final nominations coming in the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 22.

ABC will broadcast the 91st Oscars ceremony live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, Feb. 24. Read on for the full list of films submitted for consideration in the documentary feature category.

  • Above and Beyond: NASA’S Journey to Tomorrow
  • Active Measures
  • Amazing Grace
  • American Chaos
  • Andy Irons: Kissed by God
  • Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco
  • Avicii: True Stories
  • Bali: Beats of Paradise
  • Bathtubs over Broadway
  • Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
  • Believer
  • Better Angels
  • Bill Coors: The Will to Live
  • Bisbee ’17
  • The Bleeding Edge
  • Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • Breaking Point: The War for Democracy in Ukraine
  • Call Her Ganda
  • Charm City
  • Chef Flynn
  • The China Hustle
  • Christian Audigier The Vif
  • The Cleaners
  • Communion
  • Crime + Punishment
  • Dark Money
  • Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
  • The Dawn Wall
  • The Distant Barking of Dogs
  • Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes
  • Drug$
  • Eating Animals
  • Eldorado
  • Fahrenheit 11/9
  • Fail State
  • Family in Transition
  • Far from the Tree
  • Filmworker
  • The First Patient
  • Foreign Land
  • 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie
  • Free Solo
  • Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable
  • Generation Wealth
  • Ghost Hunting
  • Ghosthunter
  • The Gilligan Manifesto
  • The Gospel According to André
  • Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
  • Graves without a Name
  • The Great Buster: A Celebration
  • Hal
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening
  • Half the Picture
  • The Heart of Nuba
  • Hillbilly
  • The Homeless Chorus Speaks
  • Hondros
  • Howard
  • In Search of Greatness
  • In the Land of Pomegranates
  • Inventing Tomorrow
  • Invisible Hands
  • Itzhak
  • Jane Fonda in Five Acts
  • John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection
  • The Judge
  • Kangaroo: A Love Hate Story
  • Killer Bees
  • The King
  • King in the Wilderness
  • Kusama – Infinity
  • The Last Race
  • Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy
  • Letter from Masanjia
  • Licu, a Romanian Story
  • Living in the Future’s Past
  • Liyana
  • Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle
  • Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story
  • Love, Cecil
  • Love, Gilda
  • Love Is Tolerance – Tolerance Is Love – Make Tolerance Great Again!
  • Making The Five Heartbeats
  • Maria by Callas
  • Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.
  • McQueen
  • Minding the Gap
  • Monrovia, Indiana
  • The Most Unknown
  • New Moon
  • 93Queen
  • Nossa Chape
  • Of Fathers and Sons
  • Of Love & Law
  • On Her Shoulders
  • Opera about Poland
  • The Opera House
  • The Oslo Diaries
  • The Other Side of Everything
  • The Panama Papers
  • Path of Blood
  • People’s Republic of Desire
  • Philosopher King – Lee Teng-hui’s Dialogue
  • Pick of the Litter
  • Piripkura
  • Police Killing
  • Pope Francis – A Man of His Word
  • The Price of Everything
  • The Price of Free
  • Qiu (Inmates)
  • Quincy
  • RBG
  • The Rachel Divide
  • The Raft
  • Recovery Boys
  • Restoring Tomorrow
  • Reversing Roe
  • The Road Movie
  • Robin Williams: Come inside My Mind
  • Ruben Blades Is Not My Name
  • Samouni Road
  • Saving Brinton
  • Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland
  • Science Fair
  • Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood
  • Searching for Ingmar Bergman
  • Seeing Allred
  • The Sentence
  • Shirkers
  • Shot in the Dark
  • The Silence of Others
  • Sisters of the Wilderness
  • A Son of Man
  • Songwriter
  • Stan
  • Studio 54
  • Summer in the Forest
  • Tea with the Dames
  • That Summer
  • That Way Madness Lies…
  • They Fight
  • They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead
  • This Is Congo
  • This Is Home: A Refugee Story
  • Three Identical Strangers
  • To Be Continued
  • Transformer
  • Travel Ban
  • The Trial
  • Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace
  • Trust Machine
  • Under the Wire
  • United Skates
  • Unknown Distance
  • Up Down and Sideways
  • The Waldheim Waltz
  • We Could Be Heroes
  • Weed the People
  • What Haunts Us
  • What Lies Upstream
  • Whitney
  • Wonderful Losers: A Different World
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
  • Yellow Is Forbidden
  • Yellowing


 
 
 

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