Oscar documentary feature longlist announced

159 entries under consideration for 92nd Academy Awards

by Anne-Katrin Titze

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Among the most interesting documentaries in consideration for next year's Best Documentary Feature Academy Award are Timothy Greenfield-SandersToni Morrison: The Pieces I Am on the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, who died this year; Matt Tyrnauer’s Where’s My Roy Cohn? on the infamous lawyer; Frédéric Tcheng’s Halston on the iconic designer; Alison Klayman’s The Brink on Steve Bannon; Aviva Kempner’s The Spy Behind Home Plate on baseball player Moe Berg; Andrey Paounov’s Walking On Water on Christo; Ron Mann's Carmine Street Guitars on Rick Kelly’s shop in New York, and Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, which had a Special Event screening last week at DOC NYC.

Where’s My Roy Cohn? director Matt Tyrnauer
Where’s My Roy Cohn? director Matt Tyrnauer Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Documentary features that have won a qualifying award at a competitive film festival or have been submitted in the International Feature Film category as their country’s official selection are also eligible in the category. A shortlist of 15 films will be announced on December 16.

Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases. Submitted features must fulfil the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules in order to advance in the voting process.

Films submitted in the Documentary Feature category may also qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture.

Nominations will be announced on Monday, January 13, 2020.

The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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