(photo A.M.P.A.S) With a running time of 7 hours 47 minutes, Documentary Feature nominee O.J.: Made in America is the longest film ever nominated for an Academy Award. The turbulent relations between the races in Los Angeles throughout the 20th century had a huge impact on the life of football star O.J. Simpson. After his NFL career, Simpson became an actor, but it was his trial for the murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, that revealed his complex standing in the black and white communities. O.J.: Made in America is directed by Ezra Edelman and producer Caroline Waterlow. These are the first Academy Award nominations for Edelman and Waterlow.

The other Documentary (Feature) nominations for the 2017 Oscars race are:

  • Fire at Sea, Gianfrance Rosi and Donatella Palermo
  • I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck
  • Life, Animated, Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman
  • 13th, Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish

When hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern refugees flee their homes, their first stop in Europe is often the Sicilian island of Lampedusa. While the local doctor struggles to provide the new arrivals with healthcare, other residents, such as 12-year-old Samuele and his friends, go about their everyday lives with almost no interaction with the immigrants. This life is portrayed in the documentary feature Fire at Sea. These are the first Academy Award nominations for Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo.

(Photo A.M.P.A.S) Fire at Sea Feature Documentary nominee.

In 1979, author James Baldwin wrote a 30-page letter outlining a biography of slain civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Although Baldwin’s proposed manuscript was never completed, his letter and other writings serve as fuel for an examination of race relations in America. This examination of race relations in America is the focus of the Best Feature Documentary film I am Not Your Negro. These are the first Academy Award nominations for Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck.

(Photo A.M.P.A.S) In 1979, author James Baldwin wrote a 30-page letter outlining a biography of slain civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. The basis for Best Feature Documentary nominated film I Am Not Your Negro.

Shortly after he turned three, Owen Suskind, the son of journalist Ron Suskind and his wife Cornelia, stopped speaking. Owen was diagnosed with autism, but as the years passed, his family discovered that he had memorized the dialogue of every Disney animated film. As he has grown to adulthood, Owen has gained vital life skills through his connection to animated movies as illustrated in the Best Feature Documentary nominated film Life, Animated. This is the second Academy Award nomination for Roger Ross Williams. He was previously nominated for: MUSIC BY PRUDENCE (2009)
Winner, Documentary (Short Subject)

(Photo A.M.P.A.S) Shortly after he turned three, Owen Suskind, the son of journalist Ron Suskind and his wife Cornelia, stopped speaking. His life is presented in the Best Feature Documentary nominee Life, Animated.

African Americans have continued to suffer since the passing of the 13th Amendment, with popular media demonizing people of color, Jim Crow laws prohibiting real growth and black leaders being assassinated in the 1960s. The politically motivated “war on drugs” penalizes more people of color than whites, and the mass incarceration of blacks in the U.S. has led to a booming prison industry and the Best Feature Documentary nominee 13th. These are the first Academy Award nominations for Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish.

(Photo A.M.P.A.S) 13th is nominated for Best Feature Documentary.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST.