Morris, Herzog make Oscar documentary shortlist

Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:38pm EST
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By Gregg Kilday

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Errol Morris, an Academy Award winner in 2004 for his documentary "The Fog of War," is among the 15 filmmakers who have made next year's Oscar shortlist.

Morris' "Standard Operating Procedure," a study of torture in Abu Ghraib in Iraq, survived a preliminary round of voting by the Academy's documentary branch steering committee.

Along with such films as German director Werner Herzog's Antarctica-set "Encounters at the End of the World" and Stacy Peralta's gang study "Made in America," it is now eligible to compete for one of the five slots in the feature documentary category.

Nominations in all categories will be announced on January 22, with the awards taking place a month later in Hollywood.

Bill Maher's religious satire "Religulous," the top-grossing documentary of the year with domestic sales of $12.6 million, failed to make the list. But plenty of other hot-button topics were represented.

Following is a list of the other contenders:

- Joshua Tickell's "Fuel" looks at the energy crisis;

- Patrick Creadon's "I.O.U.S.A." takes on the credit crunch;   Continued...