7 documentary features that might win an Oscar

The shortlist of documentaries vying for an Oscar is out — and seven of the 15 contenders have been featured on q.
Asif Kapadia's Amy is an in-depth, nuanced look at the singer and songwriting prodigy from south London. (amyfilm.co.uk)

The shortlist of documentaries vying for an Oscar is out — and seven of the 15 contenders have recently been featured on our show. Take a closer look at the q-curated sextet below. 


Amy director Asif Kapadia wants Winehouse doc to make you think. Asif Kapadia's Amy is an in-depth, nuanced look at the singer and songwriting prodigy from south London turned troubled pop.

Best Of Enemies

"Shut up a minute!" How the Buckley-Vidal debates changed culture. Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville examines the lasting impact of heated televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley.

Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief

Ex-Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder on Going Clear. A new HBO documentary, directed by the acclaimed filmmaker Alex Gibney, takes stock of shocking allegations by former Church of Scientology members.

Heart Of A Dog

Laurie Anderson on what dogs can teach us about deathHeart of a Dog director Laurie Anderson on her inventive tribute to lost loved ones, including her husband Lou Reed.

The Hunting Ground

The Hunting Ground: Kirby Dick's scathing look at rape on campus. Filmmaker Kirby Dick takes a stark look at the struggles faced by students who have been assaulted on campus.

Listen To Me Marlon

Listen to Me Marlon peels back the layers of Brando. Filmmaker Stevan Riley discusses his audacious new documentary about acting genius Marlon Brando.

The Look Of Silence

The Look of Silence: Joshua Oppenheimer examines open wounds of injustice. Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer returns to q to discuss his follow to his award-winning documentary, The Act of Killing.

The full list of contenders is as follows: 

  1. Amy
  2. Best Of Enemies
  3. Cartel Land
  4. Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief
  5. He Named Me Malala
  6. Heart Of A Dog
  7. The Hunting Ground
  8. Listen To Me Marlon
  9. The Look Of Silence
  10. Meru
  11. 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets
  12. We Come As Friends,
  13. What Happened, Miss Simone?
  14. Where To Invade Next
  15. Winter On Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom


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