Oscars Watch: Bullies, Ai Weiwei, Catholic Scandal And Imposters Lead Final 15 Documentaries


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences yesterday (December 3) announced the 15 films that will do battle for an Oscar nomination in the Documentary Feature category at the 85th Academy Awards.

The category is often a particularly hard fought one as it can turn a film that would have otherwise had a small audience into a film with worldwide recognition.

Notable in the final 15 in the category is the controversial documentary on bullying, 'Bully', notable for The Weinstein Co.'s campaign around it, Alex Gibney's look at child abuse in the Catholic church 'Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God', Alison Klayman's look at Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, 'Never Sorry' and 'The House I Live In' Eugene Jarecki's polemic on the war on drugs.

Also on the list is 'The Imposter' the incredible story of Nicolas Bourdin, a Frenchman who passed himself off as a missing American teenager, fooling even the boy's family, with 'Searching for Sugar Man', about a mysterious rock singer's rumoured death another possible contender.

The list will be whittled down to five nominees on January 10. The full list is as follows.

'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry'


'Chasing Ice'

'5 Broken Cameras'



'The Gatekeepers'

'The House I Live In'

'How to Survive a Plague'

'The Imposter'

'The Invisible War'

'Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God'

'Searching for Sugar Man'

'This Is Not a Film'

'The Waiting Room'

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