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Oscar documentary short race: Eight films vie for nominations

Oscar documentary short race: Eight films vie for nominations
An early version of Oscar, with the statue as part of a plaque, at left. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

The Academy Awards' documentary short subject category is often one of the trickier Oscar races to predict. On Thursday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a shortlist narrowing the field of contenders down to eight films. That should allow office pollsters and prognosticators to get a jump on the race.

Three to five films will be announced as the final nominees along with all the other Oscar nominations on Jan. 16, 2014.

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In alphabetical order, with their production companies, the eight films are:

"CaveDigger," Karoffilms
"Facing Fear," Jason Cohen Productions
"Jujitsu-ing Reality," Sobini Films
"Karama Has No Walls," Hot Spot Films
"The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life," Reed Entertainment
"Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall," Prison Terminal
"Recollections," Notrac productions
"SLOMO," Big Young Films and Runaway Films

Malcolm Clarke, director of "The Lady in Number 6," won in the same category in 1989 for "You Don't Have to Die."

The 86th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 2.

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