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Pass The Popcorn: Nina Simone Doc 'What Happened Miss Simone?' Trailer Large

Perhaps this was a foregone conclusion, but on Wednesday official news came that both the recent Nina Simone documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? and the Amy Winehouse feature Amy were among the 15 films placed on the short list for a Best Documentary Feature Oscar award. The final list of nominees will be released on January 14th, and the award show itself goes down on February 28th, 2016.

Also on in the Best Doc shortlist are Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next, He Named Me Malala and The Look of Silence. You can check out the entire roster of documentaries below, and for good measure we suggest you take another turn with both What Happened, Miss Simone? and Amy; both are imperfect but powerful portraits of women who made an indelible mark on R&B music that carries on to this day.

“Amy,” On the Corner Films and Universal Music
“Best of Enemies,” Sandbar
“Cartel Land,” Our Time Projects and The Documentary Group
“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” Jigsaw Productions
“He Named Me Malala,” Parkes-MacDonald and Little Room
“Heart of a Dog,” Canal Street Communications
“The Hunting Ground,” Chain Camera Pictures
“Listen to Me Marlon,” Passion Pictures
“The Look of Silence,” Final Cut for Real
“Meru,” Little Monster Films

“3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets,” The Filmmaker Fund, Motto Pictures, Lakehouse Films, Actual Films, JustFilms, MacArthur Foundation and Bertha BRITDOC
“We Come as Friends,” Adelante Films
“What Happened, Miss Simone?,” RadicalMedia and Moxie Firecracker
“Where to Invade Next,” Dog Eat Dog Productions
“Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom,” Pray for Ukraine Productions

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