The academy’s Documentary Branch screening committee has declared 15 titles eligible to compete in the derby. Next, these titles will be evaluated by branch members, who’ll whittle them down to 5 nominees.


“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 & Sing”
“Sisters in Law”
“Storm of Emotions”
“The Trials of Darryl Hunt”
“An Unreasonable Man”
“The War Tapes”

It’s unfortunate that “Wordplay” was shut out of the competition.  It is the second highest grossing doumentary this year and featured Little Rock’s Vic Fleming.