Academy announces top 15 documentaries

Ascension, The First Wave and more to compete for Oscar

by Jennie Kermode

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has tonight revealed its list of 15 documentaries, which will be whittled down to five in the final stage as the Oscar ceremony approaches on 27 March. Overall the tone is quite political, and they include two documentaries focused on the pandemic, The First Wave and In the Same Breath.

This year's documentary contenders:-

The line-up for short documentaries has also been announced with some impressive entries including Ben Proudfoot's The Queen Of Basketball and the New York Times investigative team's Day Of Rage: How Trump Supporters Took The US Capitol.

This year's Oscar ceremony will be held at the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland® in Hollywood. It will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

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