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Academy's shortlist of 15 for documentary Oscar includes 'O.J.: Made in America,' 'Weiner,' '13th'

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday the 15 feature documentaries that will continue to compete for the Oscar. The list was narrowed down from an initial field of 145 submitted films and should make for one of the strongest and most competitive doc races in recent memory.

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1988 Armenian tragedy plays out in 'Earthquake'

“Earthquake” proves an earnest, deeply felt drama set against the 1988 calamity that devastated a large swath of northern Armenia (then part of the Soviet Union) and caused more than 25,000 deaths. What the film lacks in high-octane disaster-movie thrills it makes up for with its focus on personal relationships, acts of heroism and a capable visual sense.

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Martin Scorsese's 'Silence,' his personal quest and an awards hope, has its major Hollywood unveiling

Martin Scorsese has been waiting nearly 30 years to bring “Silence” into the world, and tastemakers have anticipated watching it for seemingly as long.

On Sunday, both got their wish, as the late December awards release finally had its first official screening, at a packed affair in Westwood in support of the director’s the Film Foundation.

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Sundance Film Festival 2017 announces Premieres, Documentary Premieres, Midnight and more

The Sundance Film Festival brought the continued rollout of its 2017 program into sharper focus Monday with the announcement of multiple sections, including Premieres, Documentary Premieres, Midnight, Spotlight and Special Events.

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Jimmy Kimmel to host 2017 Oscars

Jimmy Kimmel has been selected as host of the 2017 Academy Awards. His selection comes just four months after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences renewed its contract with ABC to air the ceremony through 2028.

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Oscar Watch: 'Silence' broken on Scorsese's latest movie

When the pope shakes your hand and tells you he hopes that your film “bears much fruit,” everything else — critics groups, career callbacks, splashy openings — kind of falls by the wayside.

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese met Pope Francis on Wednesday shortly before a Vatican screening of his latest movie, “Silence.”  The encounter, Scorsese told me over a lengthy interview Saturday, made him “very nervous.”

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