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on Nov 18, 2008

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 15 titles on the shortlist for Best Documentary feature for the Academy Awards (airing Feb. 22).

They are:

At the Death House Door
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh
Encounters at the End of the World
The Garden
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts
In a Dream
Made in America
Man on Wire
Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Standard Operating Procedure
They Killed Sister Dorothy
Trouble the Water

I’m pleasantly surprised to see Ellen Kuras‘s The Betrayal made the cut (I really didn’t think the Academy had it in them) but saddened that Marina Zenovich‘s Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired isn’t on here. Though my favorite doc of the year made it (Man on Wire), Polanski is a very close second.

As usual, doc filmmaker AJ Schnack masterfully dissects the shortlist as well as pointing out some other titles that got snubbed over at his blog, All These Wonderful Things. Oscar nominees will be announced Jan. 22.

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