Oscars 2016: Best Documentary contenders narrowed to shortlist of 15 | EW.com

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Academy unveils shortlist of 15 Best Documentary contenders

(Our Time Projects)

And then there were 15.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the shortlist of films advancing in the documentary feature category for the 2016 Oscars.

Culled from 124 films by a prelimary round of voting by the academy’s documentary branch, the shortlist of 15 includes the musician portraits Amy and What Happened, Miss Simone?; the drug war doc Cartel Land; the Scientology exposé Going Clear; Michael Moore’s latest movie, Where to Invade Next; and The Look of Silence, a follow-up to previous Oscar nominee The Act of Killing.

The final five documentary contenders will be named when Oscar nominees are announced Jan. 14. The 88th Oscars will be held Feb. 28, with Chris Rock hosting.

The complete shortlist is:

  • Amy, directed by Asif Kapadia
  • Best of Enemies, directed by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon
  • Cartel Land, directed by Matthew Heineman
  • Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, directed by Alex Gibney
  • He Named Me Malala, directed by Davis Guggenheim
  • Heart of a Dog, directed by Laurie Anderson
  • The Hunting Ground, directed by Kirby Dick
  • Listen to Me Marlon, directed by Stevan Riley
  • The Look of Silence, directed by Joshua Oppenheimer
  • Meru, directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
  • 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets, directed by Marc Silver
  • We Come as Friends, directed by Hubert Sauper
  • What Happened, Miss Simone?, directed by Liz Garbus
  • Where to Invade Next, directed by Michael Moore
  • Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, directed by Evgeny Afineevsky