The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled the list of what is said to be a record number of films that will contend for the 90th Academy Awards Documentary Feature Oscar.

A total of One hundred seventy (170) feature documentaries have been submitted for consideration. Per the Academy, several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules in order to advance in the voting process.

Films submitted in the Documentary Feature category may also qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.

Of note, with respect to Shadow and Act’s interests, are (in alphabetical order):

Okwui Okpokwasili in Andrew Rossi’s documentary BRONX GOTHIC, based on Okpokwasili’s performance of the same name. Courtesy of Grasshopper Film.
Bronx Gothic

Bronx Gothic: Director Andrew Rossi’s film is based on Okwui Okpokwasili’s lauded performance piece of the same name, which follows the Bessie Award–winning actor, dancer, writer, performance artist and singer as she stages a final tour for her one-woman show, Bronx Gothic. Inspired by Okpokwasili’s early 1980s Bronx childhood, Rossi’s film asks the audience: “Can I make all of you be born again as a black girl?”

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story: Sean “Diddy” Combs’ documentary celebrating the first 20 years of the Bad Boy Entertainment record label, the film is directed by Daniel Kaufman, providing a raw and exclusive look behind the scenes at the history and legacy of Bad Boy through a complex portrait of the label’s mastermind, Combs, aka Puff Daddy, as he tries to reunite his Bad Boy Family in the course of a frantic three-week rehearsal period.

Chasing Trane
Chasing Trane

Chasing Trane: John Scheinfeld’s John Coltrane documentary is the definitive documentary film about the outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. A smart, passionate, thought-provoking and uplifting documentary for anyone who appreciates the power of music to entertain, inspire and transform.

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson: One of at least 2 different films on the self-described “street queen” in circulation, director David France’s film chronicles the life of the legendary drag queen, Stonewall veteran, and co-founder of the trans-rights movement, who was found dead in the Hudson River 25 years ago, and her best friend and fellow activist Sylvia Rivera, who died a few years later, the victim of a broken heart.

For Ahkeem
For Ahkeem

For Ahkeem: From co-directors Jeremy Levine and Landon Van Soest, the documentary follows Daje Shelton, a 17-year-old black girl from north St. Louis, Missouri as she strives to graduate from the nation’s only court-supervised public high school. Through Daje’s intimate first-person account, For Ahkeem explores the complex web between juvenile justice, education and race in America today.

I Called Him Morgan
I Called Him Morgan

I Called Him Morgan: A feature documentary directed by Kasper Collin which centers on the turbulent relationship between the great jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife, Helen Morgan that led to her shooting him dead in 1972. Lee Morgan was just 33 years old at the time.


Kiki: Director Sara Jordenö’s film is a strikingly intimate documentary that offers riveting, complex insight into a safe space created and governed by LGBTQ youth of color in New York City, who are claiming their own peace and political power.

LA 92
LA 92

LA 92: National Geographic Documentary Films’ riveting look back at the controversial Rodney King trial and subsequent protests, violence and looting of the city, viewed from a multitude of vantage points through visceral and rarely seen archival footage.

The Skyjacker’s Tale
The Skyjacker’s Tale

Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982 – 1992: John Ridley’s feature documentary takes a unique and in-depth look at the years and events leading up to the city-wide violence that began April 29, 1992, when the verdict was announced in the Rodney King case.

The Skyjacker’s Tale
The Skyjacker’s Tale

The Skyjacker’s Tale: Filmmaker Jamie Kastner’s feature-length documentary gives audiences unprecedented access to one of the USA’s top five most wanted fugitives – Ishmael Muslim Ali (formerly LaBeet) – who lives in Cuba. Called The Fountain Valley massacre, Ali was one of 5 Afro-Caribbean men convicted of murdering 8 (white) people on a Rockefeller-owned golf course in the US Virgin Islands. After years of trying to get his conviction overturned, he took matters into his own hands and hijacked an American Airlines flight that was full of passengers, en route to Cuba, on New Years Eve in 1984; and he got away with it, living at large in Cuba.

Strong Island
Strong Island

Strong Island: Yance Ford’s powerful, poetic documentary chronicles the arc of a family across history, geography and tragedy. It is the story of the Ford family: Barbara Dunmore, William Ford and their three children and how their lives were shaped by the enduring shadow of race in America.

Whitney. “Can I Be Me”
Whitney. “Can I Be Me”

Whitney. “Can I Be Me”: The Showtime documentary is an intimate portrait of Whitney Houston, one of the most successful female recording artists of all time, who, after a troubled marriage to singer Bobby Brown and many years of struggles with addiction, died suddenly and tragically at age 48. The film is directed by acclaimed BAFTA Award winner Nick Broomfield with Rudi Dolezal.

Whose Streets?
Whose Streets?

Whose Streets?: Directed by Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis, the film is a nonfiction account of the Ferguson, Missouri uprising told through the eyes and by the people who lived it. It’s an unflinching look at how the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown inspired a community to fight back – and sparked a global movement.

The Work
The Work

The Work: Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, 3 men from the outside participate in a 4-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. Over the 4 days, each man in the room takes his turn at delving deep into his past. Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous directed the film.

For the full list of 170 films that will be considered for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards next year, see the list below.

A shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December. Nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Aida’s Secrets

Al Di Qua

All the Rage

All These Sleepless Nights


The American Media and the Second Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

And the Winner Isn’t

Angels Within

Architects of Denial

Arthur Miller: Writer

Atomic Homefront

The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography

Bang! The Bert Berns Story

Bending the Arc

Big Sonia

Bill Nye: Science Guy

Birthright: A War Story

Bobbi Jene

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Born in China

Born to Lead: The Sal Aunese Story


Brimstone & Glory

Bronx Gothic


California Typewriter

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story

Casting JonBenet

Chasing Coral

Chasing Trane


Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

City of Ghosts

Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives

Cries from Syria

Cruel & Unusual

Cuba and the Cameraman

Dawson City: Frozen Time


The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Destination Unknown



Dream Big: Engineering Our World

A Dying King: The Shah of Iran

Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends)

Earth: One Amazing Day




Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars


Everybody Knows… Elizabeth Murray

Ex Libris – The New York Public Library

Extraordinary Ordinary People

Faces Places

The Farthest

The Final Year

Finding Oscar

500 Years

Food Evolution

For Ahkeem

The Force

The Freedom to Marry

From the Ashes

Gaga: Five Foot Two

A German Life

Get Me Roger Stone


God Knows Where I Am

Good Fortune

A Gray State

Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It All

Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story

Hearing Is Believing

Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS

Human Flow

I Am Another You

I Am Evidence

I Am Jane Doe

I Called Him Morgan


If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast

The Incomparable Rose Hartman

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Intent to Destroy


Jeremiah Tower The Last Magnificent

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower

Karl Marx City


Keep Quiet


LA 92

The Last Dalai Lama?

The Last Laugh

Last Men in Aleppo

Legion of Brothers

Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982 – 1992

Let’s Play Two

Letters from Baghdad

Long Strange Trip

Look & See


Man in Red Bandana

Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance



My Scientology Movie

Naples ’44

Neary’s – The Dream at the End of the Rainbow

Night School

No Greater Love

No Stone Unturned

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press

Nowhere to Hide


Oklahoma City

One of Us

The Paris Opera

The Pathological Optimist


The Pulitzer at 100


Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman

The Rape of Recy Taylor

The Reagan Show

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan


A River Below

Rocky Ros Muc

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World


School Life

Score: A Film Music Documentary

Served Like a Girl

The Settlers



Shot! The Psycho Spiritual Mantra of Rock

Sidemen: Long Road to Glory

The Skyjacker’s Tale

Sled Dogs




Stopping Traffic: The Movement to End Sex-Trafficking

Strong Island

Surviving Peace

Swim Team

Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton

Take My Nose… Please!

They Call Us Monsters

32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide

This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous

Tickling Giants


Twenty Two


Vince Giordano – There’s a Future in the Past


Wait for Your Laugh

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste

Water & Power: A California Heist

Whitney. Can I Be Me

Whose Streets?

The Work