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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced 15 documentary features in contention for Oscar, from a huge category of 147 films that had originally qualified. The list includes “20 Feet From Stardom,” the year’s highest grossing docu; “The Armstrong Lie,” “The Act of Killing” and “Blackfish” (pictured from left); as well as “Stories We Tell” by Sarah Polley, which won the N.Y Critics Circle Award today.

The semi-semi-finalists are, in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

The Act of Killing,” Final Cut for Real

“The Armstrong Lie,” The Kennedy/Marshall Company

“Blackfish,” Our Turn Productions

The Crash Reel,” Kp Rides Again

Cutie and the Boxer,” Ex Lion Tamer and Cine Mosaic

Dirty Wars,” Civic Bakery

First Cousin Once Removed,” Experiments in Time, Light & Motion

God Loves Uganda,” Full Credit Productions

Life According to Sam,” Fine Films

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer,” Roast Beef Productions

“The Square,” Noujaim »


- Tim Gray

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