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November 16th, 2005 10:30am EST
March of the PenguinsThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just announced the pared-down list of films that will continue on in the voting process in the category of "Best Documentary Feature" for the 78th Academy Awards. Notable films include March of the Penguins, Mad Hot Ballroom, and Murderball.

Eighty-two films had been eligible in the documentary category. The 15 films from which the five nominees will be selected are listed below in alphabetical order:

After Innocence
The Boys of Baraka
Darwin's Nightmare
The Devil and Daniel Johnston
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Favela Rising
Mad Hot Ballroom
March of the Penguins
Murderball
Occupation: Dreamland
On Native Soil: The Documentary of the 9/11 Commission Report
Rize
Street Fight
39 Pounds of Love
Unknown White Male

Eligible documentaries were screened by the Documentary Branch Screening Committee, made up of members of the branch who serve on a volunteer basis. The above films were chosen after a preliminary round of screenings. The nominated films will be announced along with nominations in 24 other categories on Tuesday, January 31, at 5:30 a.m. PST. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements for 2005 will be presented on Sunday, March 5, 2006, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.