MOVIES | 15 documentary features advance in 2011 Oscar race


Journalists often face harrowing situations in providing news. A documentary profiling journalists in harms way of war, Under Fire: Journalists in Combat, has advanced to the short list in the Documentary category in the race for the Oscar.

“Made with the participation of reporters from NY Times, BBC, CBC, Reuters, Times of London and the neuro-psychiatrist who consults with the major news agencies and wrote the groundbreaking book on the topic of journalists and trauma, the documentary is an up close look at the psychological costs of covering wars,” said the film’s Facebook page.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the 15 films in the Documentary Feature category that advanced in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards. One hundred twenty-four pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:

Battle for Brooklyn (RUMER Inc.)
Bill Cunningham New York (First Thought Films)
Buck (Cedar Creek Productions)
Hell and Back Again (Roast Beef Productions Limited)
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (Marshall Curry Productions, LLC)
Jane’s Journey (NEOS Film GmbH & Co. KG)
The Loving Story (Augusta Films)
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (
Pina (Neue Road Movies GmbH)
Project Nim (Red Box Films)
Semper Fi: Always Faithful (Tied to the Tracks Films, Inc.)
Sing Your Song (S2BN Belafonte Productions, LLC)
Undefeated (Spitfire Pictures)
Under Fire: Journalists in Combat (JUF Pictures, Inc.)
We Were Here (Weissman Projects, LLC)

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 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre.