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15 Docs Continue in 2008 Oscar® Race

Beverly Hills, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 81st Academy Awards®. A record 94 pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order:

  • "At the Death House Door"
  • "The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)"
  • "Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh"
  • "Encounters at the End of the World"
  • "Fuel"
  • "The Garden"
  • "Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts"
  • "I.O.U.S.A."
  • "In a Dream"
  • "Made in America"
  • "Man on Wire"
  • "Pray the Devil Back to Hell"
  • "Standard Operating Procedure"
  • "They Killed Sister Dorothy"
  • "Trouble the Water"

The Documentary Branch Screening Committee viewed all the eligible documentaries for the preliminary round of voting. Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles on the shortlist.

The 81st Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 22, 2009, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

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About the Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world's preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards - in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners - the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

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