The Act of Killing on Oscar shortlist

OSCAR SHORTLIST. Accolades have rained down on Joshua Oppenheimer's Danish-produced "The Act of Killing". Now the film is one of 15 titles selected for the Oscar shortlist in the Documentary Feature category.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced yesterday, 3 December, which films in the Documentary Feature category that move forward in the race for the Oscars 2014. Among the 15 titles on the shortlist is Joshua Oppenheimer and Final Cut for Real's "The Act of Killing".

Only this week, "The Act of Killing" won the Gotham Independent Film Award, and the film is also in the run for this weekend's European Film Awards and the upcoming Asia Pacific Screen Awards on 12 December – to name just a few of the accolades the film has received this Awards Season. 



Gotham Independent Film Award
Best Documentary 2013
2 December

Winner of PUMA Impact Award
13 November


IDA Documentary Awards
Best Feature-Length Documentary,
Announced 6 December in Los Angeles

European Film Awards
Best European Documentary
Announced 7 December in Berlin

Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Best Documentary
Announced 12 December in Brisbane

Cinema Eye Awards
Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking
Announced 8 January in New York
The film is nominated in additional four categories:
Outstanding Achievement in Direction
Outstanding Achievement in Editing
Outstanding Achievement in Production
Audience Choice

Independent Spirit Awards
Best Documentary
Announced 1 March in Los Angeles

Satellite Awards,
Best Documentary 
Announced 9 March in Los Angeles

Oscar documentary shortlist

The 15 films on the Oscar documentary shortlist with production companies:

"The Act of Killing" Final Cut for Real
"The Armstrong Lie" The Kennedy/Marshall Company
"Blackfish" Our Turn Productions
"The Crash Reel" KP Rides Again
"Cutie and the Boxer," Ex Lion Tamer and Cine Mosaic 
"Dirty Wars" Civic Bakery
"First Cousin Once Removed" Experiments in Time, Light & Motion
"God Loves Uganda" Full Credit Productions
"Life According to Sam" Fine Films
"Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer" Roast Beef Productions
"The Square" Noujaim Films and Maktube Productions
"Stories We Tell" National Film Board of Canada
"Tim’s Vermeer" High Delft Pictures
"20 Feet from Stardom" Gil Friesen Productions and Tremolo Productions 
"Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington" Tripoli Street

The Oscars 2014

Five nominees from among the 15 titles will be selected and announced on 16 January to enter the final race for the Oscars 2014, to be presented on 2 March.

Third Danish film on Oscar shortlist

Already shortlisted for an Academy Award nomination are Anders Walter's "Helium" (Live Action Short), produced by Kim Magnusson for M&M Productions, and Michelle Kranot and Uri Kranot's "Hollow Land" (Animated Short), produced by Marie Bro for Dansk Tegnefilm. Read more

Finally, Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt" starring Mads Mikkelsen is Denmark's candidate for the Oscar shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Oscar, to be announced late December or early January. Read more