Best Documentary For 2014 Oscars Down To 15 Contenders

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FILE - This Jan. 21, 2013 file photo shows singers, from left, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Darlene Love, Tata Vega and Lisa Fischer from the film "20 Feet from Stardom" at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival at the Fender Music Lodge in Park City, Utah. The documentary about backup singers also features Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler and Stevie Wonder. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, file) | Victoria Will/Invision/AP

NEW YORK (AP) — The Academy Awards has winnowed the best documentary field down to 15 finalists that include the Indonesian death squad examination "The Act of Killing" and the backup singer tribute "20 Feet From Stardom."

Also making the shortlist are: "The Armstrong Lie," ''Stories We Tell," ''Tim's Vermeer," ''Blackfish," ''The Square," ''The Crash Reel," ''Cutie and the Boxer," ''Dirty Wars," ''First Cousin Once Removed," ''God Loves Uganda," ''Life According to Sam," ''Pussy Riot: A Punk's Prayer" and "Which Way Is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington."

Five nominees will be selected from the 15 by documentary branch members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Oscar nominations will be announced Jan. 16. The 86th Academy Awards ceremony is March 2.

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