Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature


Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature
Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature
Presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Country United States
Official website http://www.oscars.org

The Academy Award for Documentary Feature is among the most prestigious awards for documentary films.

Winners and nominees

Following the Academy's practice, films are listed below by the award year (that is, the year they were released under the Academy's rules for eligibility). In practice, due to the limited nature of documentary distribution, a film may be released in different years in different venues, sometimes years after production is complete.

Contents

1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s

1940s

In 1942, there was one Documentary category and four winners.

From 1943 there were two separate documentary categories (features and short films)

1950s

1960s

1970s

1980s

  • 1980 From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China directed by Murray Lerner
    • Agee
    • The Day After Trinity
    • Front Line
    • The Yellow Star – The Persecution of the Jews in Europe 1933-45
  • 1981 Genocide directed by Arnold Schwartzman
    • Against Wind and Tide: A Cuban Odyssey
    • Brooklyn Bridge
    • Eight Minutes to Midnight: A Portrait of Dr. Helen Caldicott
    • El Salvador: Another Vietnam
  • 1985 Broken Rainbow directed by Maria Florio and Victoria Mudd
  • 1986 - (tie): Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got and Down and Out in America
    • Chile: Hasta Cuando?
    • Isaac in America: A Journey with Isaac Bashevis Singer
    • Witness to Apartheid
  • 1988 Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie
    • The Cry of Reason: Beyers Naude – An Afrikaner Speaks Out
    • Let's Get Lost
    • Promises to Keep
    • Who Killed Vincent Chin?

1990s

  • 1993 I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School directed by Susan Raymond
    • The Broadcast Tapes of Dr. Peter
    • Children of Fate
    • For Better or For Worse
    • The War Room
  • 1996 When We Were Kings directed by Leon Gast
    • The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story
    • Mandela
    • Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse
    • Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press

2000s

  • 2009: The CoveLouie Psihoyos
    • Burma VJ – Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
    • Food, Inc. – Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
    • The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers – Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
    • Which Way Home – Rebecca Cammisa

2010s

Controversies

Many critically acclaimed documentaries are not nominated. Examples include The Thin Blue Line, Roger & Me, Touching The Void, Hoop Dreams, and Fahrenheit 9/11 (see below). The controversy over Hoop Dreams was enough to force the Academy Awards to change their documentary voting system.[1]

For example, Grizzly Man, a documentary strong enough to appear on many critics' top 10 lists[2] was not nominated, and did not even make the Academy's internally distributed top 15 list. Grizzly Man's exclusion was later revealed to be the result of an Academy rule disqualifying documentary films that are constructed entirely out of archive footage. However, Grizzly Man included new interviews and other footage shot exclusively for the film.

Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, at the time the highest grossing documentary film ever made, was ineligible because Moore had opted to have it played on television prior to the 2004 Election. Conversely, the 1982 winner Just Another Missing Kid, directed by John Zaritsky, was created by editing together footage he originally shot for the Canadian investigative journalism TV show The Fifth Estate.

Although documentaries are eligible for the Academy Award for Best Picture, none have yet earned a nomination.

See also

  • Films considered by others to be best documentaries

References

External links


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