The Nominated Films
Ten films, two categories of awards for documentary films. The "documentary
feature" category is for films over 40 minutes long (including credits);
the "documentary short subject" category is for films 40 minutes or
The award for Best Documentary Feature went to "Into
the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport", and "Big
Mama" received the award for Best Documentary Short Subject.
If you are thinking of getting your film nominated for an academy award,
it needs to be in composite film print format (16mm, 35mm, 70mm, IMAX, Showscan
or certain other accepted formats requiring special presentation), and it
has to be "first publicly exhibited for paid admission in a commercial
motion picture theater," according to the Academy of Motion Picture
Arts and Sciences.
Documentary films are supposed to be the real thing: the Academy defines
a documentary as "a non-fiction motion picture dealing creatively
with cultural, artistic, historical, social, scientific, economic or other
subjects." They say "it may be photographed in actual occurrence,
or may employ partial re-enactment, stock footage, stills, animation,
stop-motion or other techniques, as long as the emphasis is on factual
content and not on fiction."