It's still hard to believe that 2012 is already coming to an end, but you need no further proof of it beyond the constant announcements about award season. Just this afternoon the New York Film Critics Circle announced what they believe are the best films of the year (Zero Dark Thirty took home the grand prize), but what titles are really aiming for are the Academy Awards - and not just in the narrative and features categories.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group behind the Oscars, has sent out a press release announcing the 15 documentary features that will be eligible to be nominated in this year's Best Feature-Length Documentary category. The list was culled from an original list that included 126 titles. You can read the names of the remaining movies below (in alphabetical with the production companies behind them):
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Never Sorry LLC
Bully, The Bully Project LLC
Chasing Ice, Exposure
Detropia, Loki Films
Ethel, Moxie Firecracker Films
5 Broken Cameras, Guy DVD Films
The Gatekeepers, Les Films du Poisson, Dror Moreh Productions, Cinephil
The House I Live In, Charlotte Street Films, LLC
How to Survive a Plague, How to Survive a Plague LLC
The Imposter, Imposter Pictures Ltd.
The Invisible War, Chain Camera Pictures
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Jigsaw Productions in association with Wider Film Projects and Below the Radar Films
Searching for Sugar Man, Red Box Films
This Is Not a Film, Wide Management
The Waiting Room, Open’hood, Inc.
So if you're an Oscar perfectionist who aims to score a 100% in your company pool, these are the 15 movies you should seek out ASAP.