Even with 124 films qualifying for a run at the Documentary Feature Oscar this year, the longlist from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences isn’t as extensive as in previous years. But as the doc branch sets to work narrowing the list down further, there’s a sense that this year’s race is still up for grabs.
While CitizenFour came out of last year’s New York Film Festival as the doc to beat, the class of 2015 comes from all corners. Amy is the boxoffice hit on everyone’s lips but Michael Moore’s return to form with Where to Invade Nextlooks set to give it a run. There are returning doc directors like Alex Gibney and Amy Berg as well as films from fresh-faced newcomers to the Oscar race, such as Cartel Land and Sherpa.