15 documentaries advance for Academy Awards


Documentary film is awesome, but most people don’t rush out to watch it or even have the ability to do that if they wanted. You usually get sucked into a documentary by accident and then you remember how great they can be. So here are the 15 documentaries you should probably try to get sucked into intentionally since they’ve been selected to compete for a nomination. 

Honestly, I’ve seen two of these: Citizenfour and The Internet’s Own Boy. They were both great, and I’m sad I don’t really have the time to watch the rest. I hear amazing things about Life Itself and Jodorowsky’s Dune so just have to sit down and take them in. Check out the full list below, which was culled from the original 134 submissions and will be cut even more when the nominations are announced on January 15. 

I think the only snub I’m seeing here is Nick Cave’s documentary 20,000 Days on Earth. I guess the academy didn’t bite on that partially staged thing.

Art and Craft

The Case Against 8

Citizen Koch


Finding Vivian Maier

The Internet’s Own Boy

Jodorowsky’s Dune

Keep On Keepin’ On

The Kill Team

Last Days in Vietnam

Life Itself

The Overnighters

The Salt of the Earth

Tales of the Grim Sleeper


Matthew Razak
Matthew Razak is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Flixist. He has worked as a critic for more than a decade, reviewing and talking about movies, TV shows, and videogames. He will talk your ear off about James Bond movies, Doctor Who, Zelda, and Star Trek.