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15 documentaries in contention for 2009 Oscar

November 19, 2009 | 10:04 am

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Fifteen films in the documentary feature category will advance to the voting process for the 82nd Academy Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made the announcement Wednesday; eighty-nine films were originally submitted for consideration.

The Documentary Branch Screening Committee, which viewed all of the films in the preliminary round of voting, will now select the five nominees from this group of 15. The nominees will be announced as part of the full list of Oscar nominees on Feb. 2; the 82nd Academy Awards will take place on March 7 at the Kodak Theatre.

The full list of 15 films, along with their production companies, is as follows:

"The Beaches of Agnes," Agnès Varda, director (Cine-Tamaris)

"Burma VJ," Anders Østergaard, director (Magic Hour Films)

"The Cove," Louie Psihoyos, director (Oceanic Preservation Society)

"Every Little Step," James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo, directors (Endgame
Entertainment)

"Facing Ali," Pete McCormack, director (Network Films Inc.)

"Food, Inc.," Robert Kenner, director (Robert Kenner Films)

"Garbage Dreams," Mai Iskander, director (Iskander Films, Inc.)

"Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders," Mark N. Hopkins,
director (Red Floor Pictures)

"The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon
Papers,"
Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith, directors (Kovno Communications)

"Mugabe and the White African," Andrew Thompson and Lucy Bailey, directors
(Arturi Films)

"Sergio," Greg Barker, director (Passion Pictures and Silverbridge
Productions)

"Soundtrack for a Revolution," Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman, directors
(Freedom Song Productions)

"Under Our Skin," Andy Abrahams Wilson, director (Open Eye Pictures)

"Valentino: The Last Emperor," Matt Tyrnauer, director (Acolyte Films)

"Which Way Home," Rebecca Cammisa, director (Mr. Mudd)

— Paul Gaita

Photo: Agnes Varda in "The Beaches of Agnes." Credit: Cine-Tamaris

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