Fifteen Docos Make The Oscar List

Fifteen films have made it through the preliminary round of Oscar voting by the Academy’s documentary branch committee and are now eligible to compete for one of the five nomination slots in the feature documentary category.

Those who made the cut:

“At the Death House Door”
A look at a capital punishment case gone wrong

“The Betrayal: Nerakhoon”
Follows a family that emigrates from Laos

“Blessed Is the Match”
A tribute to Hungarian poet Hannah Senesh who was captured by the Nazis

“Encounters at the End of the World”
Werner Herzog’s Antartica set tale

An examination of the energy crisis

“The Garden”
Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s study of a community garden in South Central L.A.

“Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts”
Scott Hicks’ look at composer Philip Glass

Patrick Creadon’s take on the credit crunch

“In a Dream”
A look at mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar

“Made in America”
Stacy Peralta’s look at Los Angeles gangs

“Man on Wire”
James Marsh’s celebration of high-wire artist Philippe Petit

“Pray the Devil Back to Hell”
Studies politically active women in Liberia

“Standard Operating Procedure”
Errol Morris’ study of torture in Abu Ghraib in Iraq

“They Killed Sister Dorothy”
The story of a Catholic nun killed in the Brazilian rain forest

“Trouble the Water”
Tia Lessin’s look back at Hurricane Katrina and its effects

Notable omissions include Larry Charles/Bill Maher’s religion skewring doco “Religulous” which is the year’s most financially successful documentary, Three Gorges Dam examination “Up the Yangtze”, audience award winning old folks choir “Young @ Heart”, Marina Zenovich’s “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” Kurt Kuenne’s “Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father” and Alex Gibney’s “Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.”