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Academy’s Documentary Branch Whittling Down Shortlist for 2022

Earlier this week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scientists (AMPAS) announced the full list of feature films eligible for consideration as Best Documentary at the upcoming 94th Academy Awards.

There are a total of 138 titles eligible for the category this year and members of the Documentary Branch begin voting today to whittle that list down to a shortlist of 15 films that will advance into the new year.

The shortlist should be announced on Tuesday, December 21 and those 15 films will screen on their way towards a second round of balloting which will reveal the final 5 nominees in the category.

One of the films you can likely expect to get nominated this year is “Flee” – the Danish film about a queer refugee from Afghanistan is the first to ever qualify in the Documentary, International, and Animated categories simultaneously. It is playing in select theaters now.

Other hotly tipped documentaries for the year include Questlove’s remarkable “Summer of Soul…,” “President,” “Ascension,” “The Rescue,” “Procession,” and “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America.”

Nomination voting for all categories will begin on Thursday, January 27 and run until Tuesday, February 1, 2022. The official list of final nominees will be revealed on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.

Check out the list of all 138 eligible Documentary Feature titles on the Academy website.

Last year’s winner, “My Octopus Teacher,” is streaming now on Netflix.

The 94th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 27, 2022.

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