Documentaries On/By Nina Simone, Laurie Anderson & Amy Winehouse Make Oscar Short List

It has been a great decade for music documentaries at the Academy Awards.

Three years ago, the Oscar for Best Feature Documentary went to Searching For Sugar Man, the story of the search for 1970's singer/songwriter Sixto Rodriguez. The film revived the singer's career and interest in his two studio albums, Cold Fact (1970) and Coming From Reality (1971).

The next year, the award went to Twenty Feet From Stardom, which highlighted the careers of backup singers such as Merry Clayton, Darlene Love, Judith Hill and Tata Vega.

For the 88th annual awards, three music documentaries have made the short list of fifteen films that will eventually be paired down to five final nominees:
  • What Happened Miss Simone? - The story of iconic singer Nina Simone as told through interviews with her daughter and friends.
  • Heart of a Dog - Laurie Anderson's remembrance of her rat-terrier Lolabelle. 
  • Amy - The life and death of singer Amy Winehouse. 
The final five nominees will be announced on January 14 with the award presented at the February 28 Oscar ceremony.

The full list of short listed films:
  • Amy
  • Best Of Enemies
  • Cartel Land
  • Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
  • He Named Me Malala
  • Heart Of A Dog
  • The Hunting Ground
  • Listen To Me Marlon
  • The Look Of Silence
  • Meru
  • 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets
  • We Come As Friends
  • What Happened, Miss Simone?
  • Where To Invade Next
  • Winter On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom

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