Oscar doc shortlist

From a field of 81 qualifying pictures, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the 15 eligible films in the Documentary Feature category that will advance in the voting process for this year's Academy Awards. Members of the Documentary Branch will select the five nominees from among this shortlist of 15 titles.

Making the cut are "Blindsight," "Can Mr. Smith get To Washington Anymore?," "Deliver Us From Evil," "The Ground Truth," "An Inconvenient truth," "Iraq In Fragments," "Jesus Camp," "Jonestown: The Life and Death of People's Temple," "My Country, My Country," "Shut Up and Sing," "Sisters In Law," "Storm Of Emotions," "The Trials of Darryl Hunt," "An Unreasonable Man," and "The War Tapes."

Notable among the shortlisted films is the strong emphasis on films that touch on the current war in Iraq. Among those favored films not included in the shortlist are "The U.S. vs. John Lennon," "Who Killed The Electric Car?," "God Grew Tired Of Us," and "Sketches of Frank Gehry."

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