Oscars Documentary short list announced

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


Prachi Gupta
December 4, 2012 10:51PM (UTC)

"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.

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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

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"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

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"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.

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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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