The Oscar for best feature documentary is officially closer for 15 films. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the list via a press release on Friday, after the Documentary Branch Screening Committee narrowed their picks down from 124. The Committee will now have to select the final five, which will be announced live along with the other nominees on Tuesday, January 24 at 5:30 a.m. They’ll have to choose between the West Memphis 3, a wounded vet from Afghanistan, and a New York City chimpanzee, among others.
Their 15 picks are listed below in alphabetical order:
Battle for Brooklyn
Bill Cunningham New York
Hell and Back Again
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
The Loving Story
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Semper Fi: Always Faithful
Sing Your Song
Under Fire: Journalists in Combat
We Were Here
Noticeably absent from the list are Werner Herzog’s Into the Abyss, Morgan Spurlock’s The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Errol Morris’ Tabloid, and the racing doc Senna. The Awards will air on on Sunday, Feb. 26.