‘American Symphony,’ ’20 Days in Mariupol’ Make Oscars Documentary Shortlist

“Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie” and “To Kill a Tiger” also made the cut

Suleika Jaouad and Jon Batiste in "American Symphony" (Netflix)
Suleika Jaouad and Jon Batiste in "American Symphony" (Credit: Netflix)

American Symphony,” “20 Days in Mariupol,” “To Kill a Tiger” and “Four Daughters” are among the 15 films that made the shortlist in the Oscars’ Best Documentary Feature category, one of 10 shortlists announced by the Academy on Thursday. A total of 167 films were eligible in the category.

“20 Days in Mariupol,” from Ukraine, is one of two docs that also made the International Feature List. The other was Kaouther Ben Hania’s “Four Daughters,” from Tunisia.

The shortlist includes most of the most acclaimed nonfiction films of 2023, though it does contain some notable omissions. “Kokomo City,” a nominee for the Cinema Eye Honors and Critics Choice Documentary Awards, did not make the shortlist, and neither did “The Mother of All Lies” (which did make the international shortlist), “The Deepest Breath,” “The Mission,” “Silver Dollar Road” or two marathon-length films from renowned filmmakers, Steve McQueen’s “Occupied City” and Frederick Wiseman’s “Menus-Plaisirs – Les Troisgros.”


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