Any day now, the Academy will release their annual short list for Best Documentary Feature, dashing the hopes of 130 films. Typically one of the strongest Oscar categories in terms of quality, the cut is a brutal one often resulting in shocking omissions. For the most part however, the unwieldy long list tends to solidify around a smaller group of contenders that rise to the top of the pile. And that is once again the situation this year, as key precursors have hinted at where all the buzz lies in this competitive race. Most significantly, the DOC NYC Short List has been announced, which consistently forecasts nearly all of the eventual Oscar finalists with their own 15-film list. Therefore, the trick in figuring out the shortlist is to guess which few films will be replaced from that line-up.
Below is a preview of the contenders to expect on the Oscar short list for Best Documentary Feature, grouped into three broad categories.
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