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BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARDS


Non-fiction can sometimes be more dramatic than the most dramatic of narrative motion pictures. Over the years, the Academy has recognized some extraordinary documentary features and shorts, which in one way or another, help to illuminate our lives by showing us some amazing true stories, and sometimes in films that were not afraid to take on powerful forces to illuminate some very important points.

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DOCUMENTARY
FEATURE
DOCUMENTARY
SHORT SUBJECT
1941
---NOT GIVEN---
CHURCHILL'S ISLAND
1942
---NOT GIVEN---
THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY ; KOKODA FRONT LINE! ; MOSCOW STRIKES BACK ; PRELUDE TO WAR
1943
DESERT VICTORY
DECEMBER 7TH
1944
THE FIGHTING LADY
WITH THE MARINES AT TARAWA
1945
THE TRUE GLORY
HITLER LIVES?
1946
---NOT GIVEN---
SEEDS OF DESTINY
1947
DESIGN FOR DEATH
FIRST STEPS
1948
THE SECRET LAND
TOWARD INDEPENDENCE
1949
DAYBREAK IN UDI
A CHANCE TO LIVE ; SO MUCH FOR SO LITTLE
1950
THE TITAN : STORY OF MICHELANGELO
WHY KOREA?
1951
KON-TIKI
BENJY
1952
THE SEA AROUND US
NEIGHBOURS
1953
THE LIVING DESERT
THE ALASKAN ESKIMO
1954
THE VANISHING PRAIRIE
THURSDAY'S CHILDREN
1955
HELEN KELLER IN HER STORY
MEN AGAINST THE ARCTIC
1956
THE SILENT WORLD
THE TRUE STORY OF THE CIVIL WAR
1957
ALBERT SCHWEITZER
---NOT GIVEN---
1958
WHITE WILDERNESS
AMA GIRLS
1959
SERENGETI SHALL NOT DIE
GLASS
1960
THE HORSE WITH THE FLYING TAIL
GUISEPPINA
1961
SKY ABOVE AND MUD BENEATH
PROJECT HOPE
1962
BLACK FOX
DYLAN THOMAS
1963
ROBERT FROST : A LOVER'S QUARREL WITH THE WORLD
CHAGALL
1964
JACQUES-YVES COUSTEAU'S WORLD WITHOUT SUN
NINE FROM LITTLE ROCK
1965
THE ELEANOR ROOSEVELT STORY
TO BE ALIVE!
1966
THE WAR GAME
A YEAR TOWARD TOMORROW
1967
THE ANDERSON PLATOON
THE REDWOODS
1968
JOURNEY INTO SELF
WHY MAN CREATES
1969
ARTHUR RUBINSTEIN - THE LOVE OF LIFE
CZECHOSLOVAKIA 1968
1970
WOODSTOCK
INTERVIEWS WITH MY LAI VETERANS
1971
THE HELLSTROM CHRONICLE
SENTINELS OF SILENCE
1972
MARJOE
THIS TINY WORLD
1973
THE GREAT AMERICAN COWBOY
PRINCETON : A SEARCH FOR ANSWERS
1974
HEARTS AND MINDS
DON'T
1975
THE MAN WHO SKIED DOWN EVEREST
THE END OF THE GAME
1976
HARLAN COUNTY, U.S.A.
NUMBER OUR DAYS
1977
WHO ARE THE DEBOLTS? AND WHERE DID THEY GET NINETEEN KIDS?
GRAVITY IS MY ENEMY
1978
SCARED STRAIGHT!
THE FLIGHT OF THE GOSSAMER CONDOR
1979
BEST BOY
PAUL ROBESON : TRIBUTE TO AN ARTIST
1980
FROM MAO TO MOZART : ISAAC STERN IN CHINA
KARL HESS : TOWARD LIBERTY
1981
GENOCIDE
CLOSE HARMONY
1982
JUST ANOTHER MISSING KID
IF YOU LOVE THIS PLANET
1983
HE MAKES ME FEEL LIKE DANCIN'
FLAMENCO AT 5:15
1984
THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK
THE STONE CARVERS
1985
BROKEN RAINBOW
WITNESS TO WAR : DR. CHARLIE CLEMENTS
1986
(TIE) ARTIE SHAW : TIME IS ALL YOU'VE GOT ; DOWN AND OUT IN AMERICA
WOMEN -- FOR AMERICA, FOR THE WORLD
1987
THE TEN-YEAR LUNCH : THE WIT AND LEGEND OF THE ALGONQUIN ROUND TABLE
YOUNG AT HEART
1988
HOTEL TERMINUS : THE LIFE AND TIMES OF KLAUS BARBIE
YOU DON'T HAVE TO DIE
1989
COMMON THREADS : STORIES FROM THE QUILT
THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD
1990
AMERICAN DREAM
DAYS OF WAITING
1991
IN THE SHADOW OF THE STARS
DEADLY DECEPTION : GENERAL ELECTRIC, NUCLEAR WEAPONS, AND OUR ENVIRONMENT
1992
THE PANAMA DECEPTION
EDUCATING PETER
1993
I AM A PROMISE : THE CHILDREN OF STANTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
DEFENDING OUR LIVES
1994
MAYA LIN : A STRONG CLEAR VISION
A TIME FOR JUSTICE
1995
ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED
ONE SURVIVOR REMEMBERS
1996
WHEN WE WERE KINGS
BREATHING LESSONS : THE LIFE AND WORK OF MARK O'BRIEN
1997
THE LONG WAY HOME
A STORY OF HEALING
1998
THE LAST DAYS
THE PERSONALS
1999
ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER
KING GIMP
2000
INTO THE ARMS OF STRANGERS: STORIES OF THE KINDERTRANSPORT
BIG MAMA
2001
MURDER ON A SUNDAY MORNING
THOTH
2002
BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE
TWIN TOWERS
2003
THE FOG OF WAR
CHERNOBYL HEART
2004
BORN INTO BROTHELS
MIGHTY TIMES: THE CHILDREN'S MARCH
2005
MARCH OF THE PENGUINS
A NOTE OF TRIUMPH: THE GOLDEN AGE OF NORMAN CORWIN
2006
AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH
THE BLOOD OF YINGZHOU DISTRICT
2007
TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE
FREEHELD
2008
MAN ON WIRE
SMILE PINKI
2009
THE COVE
MUSIC BY PRUDENCE
2010
INSIDE JOB
STRANGERS NO MORE
2011
UNDEFEATED
SAVING FACE
2012
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN
INOCENTE
2013
20 FEET FROM STARDOM
THE LADY IN NUMBER 6: MUSIC SAVED MY LIFE
2014
CITIZENFOUR
CRISIS HOTLINE: VETERANS PRESS 1
2015
AMY
A GIRL IN THE RIVER: THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS
2016
O.J. MADE IN AMERICA
THE WHITE HELMETS
2017
ICARUS
HEAVEN IS A TRAFFIC JAM ON THE 405

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