Oscars Documentary short list announced

15 films, including "Bully" and "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," made the cut

Published December 4, 2012 5:51PM (EST)

"Bully," the Weinstein Company's anti-bullying film, controversially rated R by the MPAA, has made the short-list for the Oscar's Documentary category. It joins 14 others films, narrowed down from 126 that qualified, including the documentary about the world's most influential dissident artist, "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry."

Conspicuously absent from the list, however, was the riveting Ken Burns documentary,"The Central Park Five," which yesterday won the New York Film Critics Circle's Best Non-fiction film category.

Only five of the films on the shortlist below will be considered for the Oscar nomination:

"Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," Never Sorry LLC

"Bully," The Bully Project LLC

"Chasing Ice," Exposure

"Detropia," Loki Films

"Ethel," Moxie Firecracker Films

"5 Broken Cameras," Guy DVD Films

"The Gatekeepers," Les Films du Poisson, Dror Moreh Productions, Cinephil

"The House I Live In," Charlotte Street Films, LLC

"How to Survive a Plague," How to Survive a Plague LLC

"The Imposter," Imposter Pictures Ltd.

"The Invisible War," Chain Camera Pictures

"Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God," Jigsaw Productions in association with Wider Film Projects and Below the Radar Films

"Searching for Sugar Man," Red Box Films

"This Is Not a Film," Wide Management

"The Waiting Room," Open'hood, Inc.

The 85th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 in Los Angeles.

By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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