The 145: 89th Academy Award Documentary Features from Submission to Winner

Posted: December 1, 2016 at 6:57 pm, Last Updated: December 12, 2016 at 12:51 pm

Below are the 145 films submitted for the Documentary Oscar Feature at the 89th Academy Awards.  This year, two films have a direct connection to Mason: The Anthropologist and 13THThe Anthropologist features Environmental and Sustainability Studies Professor Susie Crate, who specializes in environmental and cognitive anthropology; and one of the cinematographers for 13TH is Film and Video Studies (FAVS) Assistant Professor, Hans Charles.

As new films are added to Mason Libraries’ collection, they will be updated.  Curious about last year’s Oscar race?  Check out the 88th Academy Awards Documentary feature submissions list here.

The 89th Academy Awards will be held on February 26, 2017.

The Abolitionists
Abortion: Stories Women Tell
All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone
Almost Holy
Amanda Knox
Among the Believers
Anne Frank Then and Now
The Anthropologist
Apparition Hill
Art Bastard
The Ataxian
Audrie & Daisy
Author: The JT Leroy Story
The Bad Kids
Be Here Now (The Andy Whitfield Story)
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years
A Beautiful Planet
Beauty Bites Beast
Becoming Mike Nichols
Before the Flood
Behind Bayonets and Barbed Wire
Behind the Cove – The Quiet Japanese Speak Out!
Best and Most Beautiful Things
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits
Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened
A Billion Lives
Black Women in Medicine
Blood on the Mountain
Boy 23: The Forgotten Boys of Brazil
The Brainwashing of My Dad
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
By Sidney Lumet
The C Word
Citizen Soldier
City of Gold
Class Divide
Colliding Dreams
Command and Control*
Danny Says
Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War
Disturbing the Peace
Do Not Resist
Don’t Blink – Robert Frank
The Eagle Huntress*
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words
Eating You Alive
Equal Means Equal
Eva Hesse
Everything Is Copy – Nora Ephron: Scripted & Unscripted
A Family Affair
Finding Babel
Fire at Sea*
The First Monday in May
Floyd Norman: An Animated Life
Generation Startup
Gimme Danger
Harry & Snowman
Hate Rising with Jorge Ramos
Holy Hell
Hooligan Sparrow*
How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change
I Am Not Your Negro*
Indian Point
Into the Inferno
Iron Moon
Ivory. A Crime Story
The Ivory Game*
Jim: The James Foley Story
Kate Plays Christine
Keepers of the Game
Landfill Harmonic
The Last Man on the Moon
Life, Animated*
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World
Look at Us Now, Mother!
The Lovers and the Despot
Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA
Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures
Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing
Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
Mifune: The Last Samurai
Miss Sharon Jones!
The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
My Love, Don’t Cross That River
National Bird
National Parks Adventure
Never Surrender
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
Notes on Blindness
O.J.: Made in America*
Off the Rails
Older than Ireland
Olympic Pride, American Prejudice
On the Map
100 Years, One Woman’s Fight for Justice
Our Last Tango
Presenting Princess Shaw
The Red Pill
Rigged 2016
The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip across Latin America
Rooted in Peace
The Ruins of Lifta
The Seventh Fire
Shadow World
Silicon Cowboys
Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
Starving the Beast
The Syndrome
Thank You for Your Service
Theo Who Lived
They Will Have to Kill Us First – Malian Music in Exile
This Is Life
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru
The Trans List
Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria
USS Indianapolis The Legacy
The Uncondemned
Under the Gun
Under the Sun
Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro
Unlocking the Cage
Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe
Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience
We Are X
When Two Worlds Collide
The Witness*
Zero Days*

*   Indicates film advanced to the shortlist, December 6, 2016.

** Indicates film advanced to Oscar nominee, January 24, 2017.

***Indicates film is Oscar winner, February 26, 2017.

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