"Life Itself" Makes the Oscar Shortlist

Steve James' "Life Itself" had made the Oscar shortlist, the list of 15 films that will now contend for five nominations for the Academy Award for Best Documentary. Chosen from 134 eligible submissions, the documentary branch of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences picked what they consider the 15 best films of the year. They will now choose five nominees from the list below:

“Art and Craft,” Purple Parrot Films
“The Case against 8,” Day in Court
“Citizen Koch,” Elsewhere Films
“CitizenFour,” Praxis Films
Finding Vivian Maier,” Ravine Pictures
“The Internet’s Own Boy,” Luminant Media
“Jodorowsky’s Dune,” City Film
Keep On Keepin’ On,” Absolute Clay Productions
The Kill Team,” f/8 filmworks
Last Days in Vietnam,” Moxie Firecracker Films
“Life Itself,” Kartemquin Films and Film Rites
The Overnighters,” Mile End Films West
“The Salt of the Earth,” Decia Films
“Tales of the Grim Sleeper,” Lafayette Film
“Virunga,” Grain Media

The nominations will be announced on January 15th, 2015, and the Oscars will be handed out on February 22, 2015.

Brian Tallerico

Brian Tallerico is the Editor of RogerEbert.com, and also covers television, film, Blu-ray, and video games. He is also the Editor of Magill's Cinema Annual, a writer for The New York Times, Vulture, The AV Club, and Rolling Stone, and the President of the Chicago Film Critics Association.

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