Academy Awards

Academy Awards

Documentaries nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
FREEHELD
FREEHELD
Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Short Subject. For 20 years, Lt. Laurel Hester protected the residents of Ocean County, NJ. As she dies from cancer, her request for her pension to be transferred to her domestic partner is denied by local officials. Adapted into a major motion picture starring Ellen Page and Julianne Moore, Cynthia Wade's (Grit) landmark work, which chronicled Laurel's final fight for justice, is as urgent today as it was ten years ago.
HEAVEN IS A TRAFFIC JAM ON THE 405
HEAVEN IS A TRAFFIC JAM ON THE 405
2018 Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Short Subject, Heaven is an extraordinary documentary, a portrait of artist Mindy Alper, whose astonishing body of work – drawings and sculptures of powerful psychological clarity – reveals a lifetime of struggle with debilitating mental illness.
LAST MEN IN ALEPPO
LAST MEN IN ALEPPO
2018 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature, Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad’s breathtaking work – a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage – follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets; ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards military strikes in the hope of saving lives.
LAST DAY OF FREEDOM
LAST DAY OF FREEDOM
2016 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Short Subject, an extraordinary, animated documentary exploring some of the most pressing social issues of our day - racial bias, veteran’s care, mental health and criminal justice.