Academy Award for Best Documentary
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The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are awards of merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers.
About Australian troops in action in New Guinea.
Examines the Battles at El Alamein and the Allied forces quest to drive Germany and Italy from North Africa.
About an Aircraft Carrier The USS Yorktown and its first major operation in WWII
Documentary of the Allied invasion of Europe and real footage of events in WWII
Documents Japanese history of violence from 700 years ago to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, with many propaganda and news reel clips.
About the Largest expedition ever done of Antarctica. Was done by the US Navy and involved 13 ships, 23 Aircraft and 4700 People.
The story of the Master Painter. Looks at his Art and his life works in detail.
A documentary of Thor Heyerdahls expedition
Based on the book with the same title which won A National Book Award. Beautiful underwater images captured on film
A detailed look at a day in the life of desert creatures in the US and their survival skills
A Walt Disney true life adventure feature
Documents the outstanding life of Helen Keller with real News Reels and stills
Jacques Cousteau’s first feature length documentary of the fascinating look at what life for our marine creatures is like.
A documentary on Albert Schweitzer's fascinating life and achievements.
A mocumentary about Lemmings in Canada
A documentary on the Beautiful Serengeti of Africa. Showcases the African wildlife and it’s brutality.
A documentary on a Palomino horse and it’s journey at becoming a champion for the US Equestrian Team
A documentary on six Europeans leaving Dutch New Guinea and going on a expedition that took them on a journey across 450 miles of unmapped territory that took them 7 months to complete.
As its title suggests a documented look at the life of the brutal dictator of WWII
Documenting the life of the acclaimed Poet Robert Frost and his life’s work
Another fascinating look at the life under the sea filmed with hand held cameras and in the depths of the ocean in a specially made Batiscaff
An in-depth look at the First Lady from her early childhood to her role as the Presidents wife and her tireless dedication to the UN
A fictional Docu-Drama on the outcome of a nuclear war
Documenting the lives of American Soldiers for six weeks in the Vietnam War
At the 41st Awards ceremony on April 14, 1969, Young Americans was announced as the winner of the Documentary Feature Oscar. On May 7, 1969, the film was declared ineligible after it was revealed that the film had played in October of 1967, therefore ineligible for a 1968 Award. The first runner-up, , was awarded the statuette on May 8, 1969.
Directed by Howard Smith and Sarah Kernochan
Documenting A Japanese Quest to Ski down Mount Everest. He Skied 8000ft down from the summit
A documented account of the violent coal miners strike in 1973 which lasted a year.
A documentary on inmates telling young troubled kids about the terrible life in a prison cell.
Following the life of a mentally handicapped boy over 3 years.
A documentary on how music is the voice of many people in China and the rich traditions music has in the country
A moving documentary of the Holocaust and Concentration Camps in WWII narrated by Elizabeth Taylor and Orson Welles
About a families struggle to getting answers to their missing sons disappearance. Has a chilling interview with the young boys killer which is shocking but very thought provoking
Takes us on a journey of Jacques D'Amboise school of dance as he teaches young New York Students to dance and put on their performance at the years end
A documented look at the first elected gay councillor and his assassination.
An in-depth look at the forced relocation of 10,000 Navajo Indians from Hopi Land for a coal mine in 1974.
A documented account of Farmers, factory workers and new homeless in America in the recession in 1980
A documentary about the Gestapo Chief of Lyon and his life after the war
An acclaimed documentary on the people who died of AIDS and the quilt that was produced in their honour
A documented account of meatpacker workers in Austin and their struggle to claim their rights for better pay with a company earning millions of dollars a year
A documentary on struggling opera singers trying to crack the big time
Details the American invasion of Panama
A look of one of America’s elementary schools and it’s unique way of teaching their young students
Is a biographical documentary on Maya Lin and the Vietnam Memorial she created and the controversy it created
A documented account of the Frank family and their struggle in the Holocaust
A documentary on the fight between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali in 1974.
A story of Post WWII Holocaust refugees and the formation of Israel
A documentary of five Jewish survivors and their stories of the Holocaust
About the 1972 Munich Olympics when Palestine terrorists took Israeli athletes hostage. Original footage of the events that happened as well as interviews with surviving terrorists
A documentary on the 10,000 children secretly given up by their parents in the Holocaust to save them from death by the Nazis. 1,500,000 children died in the War
A documented account of a 15 yr old African American wrongfully accused of a murder.
An in depth look at the violence happening in American society with gangs and guns
A documentary of Robert McNamara Secretary of Defence in the Kennedy and Johnson Administration.
A story of two filmmakers working together to document the life in the red light district of Calcutta
A fascinating and wondrous look at the Emperor Penguin and the journey they take to breed and hatch their young.
A documentary on Al Gore's campaign to make people aware of the truth about Global Warming
The case of an Afghan taxi driver beaten to death in 2002 while in U.S. military custody
A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century."
A film that analyzes and questions Japan's dolphin hunting culture
A film about the late 2000's financial crisis
About the struggles of a high school football team, as they attempt a winning season after years of losses
Details the efforts of two Cape Town fans to find out about the rumoured death of American musician Sixto Rogriquez
A music industry executive whose curiosity to know more about the lives of background singers.
In January 2013, Laura Poitras, an American documentary film director/producer who had been working for several years on a film about monitoring programs in the U.S. that were a result of the September 11 attacks, receives an encrypted e-mail from a stranger who calls himself Citizenfour (Edward Snowden)
About the life and death of British singer - songwriter Amy Whitehouse.
Documentary explores two of America's greatest fixations - race and celebrity
Facts contributed by:
Allan R. Matthes