15 Documentaries Advance in 2017 OSCAR® Race; ‘Cries From Syria’ Snubbed

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 15 films that will continue on in the 2017 Oscar® race for best documentary feature. The shortlist was decided by a preliminary vote, and will now narrow down the fifteen films to five official nominees. Rather conspicuously missing is Evgeny Afineevsky’s “Cries From Syria,” a well-received doc on the Syrian conflict that won this year’s Critics Choice Documentary award for best director and was nominated for best documentary and song. This reporter is certainly surprised by the snub, as the documentary seemed a shoo-in for at least a nomination. The list does recognize “Jane,” “Strong Island,” “Icarus,” and “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” which have all been well-received throughout the awards season thus far.

The 90th Oscars® will be held March 4, 2018; official nominations will be announced Jan. 23, 2018. See the full shortlist below.

Documentary Shortlist

“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, Kartemquin Educational Films and WGBH/FRONTLINE

“Chasing Coral,” Exposure Labs in partnership with The Ocean Agency & View Into the Blue in association with Argent Pictures & The Kendeda Fund

“City of Ghosts,” Our Time Projects and Jigsaw Productions

“Ex Libris – The New York Public Library,” Ex Libris Films

“Faces Places,” Ciné Tamaris

“Human Flow,” Participant Media and AC Films

“Icarus,” Netflix Documentary in association with Impact Partners, Diamond Docs, Chicago Media Project and Alex Productions

“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” Paramount Pictures and Participant Media

“Jane,” National Geographic Studios in association with Public Road Productions

“LA 92,” Lightbox

“Last Men in Aleppo,” Larm Film

“Long Strange Trip,” Double E Pictures, AOMA Sunshine Films and Sikelia

“One of Us,” Loki Films

“Strong Island,” Yanceville Films and Louverture Films

“Unrest,” Shella Films and Little by Little Films

What do you think of the Oscars documentary shortlist? Any other shockers? Let us know in the comments below!

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Written by Selina Mixner

Selina is a queer, half-Filipina fangirl who loves TV, film and corgis a little too much. She graduated with a Bachelor's in Literature and Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. Her rules for writing are simple: is it tattoo-worthy? If not, try again.

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