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Oscar Race: Herzog, Spurlock left behind as 15 documentaries advance

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Project Nim
Susan Kuklin

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 3a 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

Buck

Hell and Back Again

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

Jane’s Journey

The Loving Story

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Pina

Project Nim

Semper Fi: Always Faithful

Sing Your Song

Undefeated

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.