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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards. One hundred twenty-four pictures had originally qualified in the category.
The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:
The Documentary Branch Screening Committee viewed all the eligible documentaries for the preliminary round of voting. Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles on the shortlist.
The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
The Academy could also announce that the Academy Award-winning production designer John Myhre will design the 84th Academy Awards. This will be the first time Myhre has served as production designer for the Oscars.
“John is a prolific production designer, who has created some of the most intriguing sets that we’ve ever seen,” said Brian Grazer and Don Mischer. “His cinematic perspective will be a great contribution to our team dynamic and the show itself.”
Myhre won Academy Awards in the Art Direction category in 2002 for Chicago and in 2005 for Memoirs of a Geisha. He has three additional Oscar nominations for his work on Elizabeth (1998), Dreamgirls (2006) and Nine (2009). Myhre’s other production design credits include Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Wanted, Ali and X-Men.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network.
The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.