The Weinstein Company's headline-grabbing "Bully" and David France's AIDS-activism documentary "How to Survive" a plague are among the films chosen for the short list of possible nominees in the Documentary Feature category at the 85th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Monday.
Also included on the list: "Searching for Sugar Man," which has already picked up a win at the International Documentary Festival win and nominations from the Producers Guild documentary awards, and the Cinema Eye Honors, and "The Gatekeepers" about the Israeli secret service.
Surprisingly, "West of Memphis," Amy Berg's documentary about the young men convicted of murdering three 8-year-old boys in Arkansas who were later exonorated, did not make the cut.
The 15 films on the list, which were culled from 126 films originally qualified for the category, will be whittled down to five final contenders by members of the Academy's Documentary Branch.
The 85th Academy Awards will air Feb. 24 on ABC.
Read the full list below.
"Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," Never Sorry LLC "Bully," The Bully Project LLC "Chasing Ice," Exposure "Detropia," Loki Films "Ethel," Moxie Firecracker Films "5 Broken Cameras," Guy DVD Films "The Gatekeepers," Les Films du Poisson, Dror Moreh Productions, Cinephil "The House I Live In," Charlotte Street Films, LLC "How to Survive a Plague," How to Survive a Plague LLC "The Imposter," Imposter Pictures Ltd. "The Invisible War," Chain Camera Pictures "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God," Jigsaw Productions in association with Wider Film Projects and Below the Radar Films "Searching for Sugar Man," Red Box Films "This Is Not a Film," Wide Management "The Waiting Room," Open'hood, Inc.