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Oscar doc short-list: 'Stories We Tell' is in, 'One Direction: This Is Us' is out

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The Academy’s documentary branch has revealed its list of the 15 films eligible for the Oscar this year, reducing from a total of 147 movies.

Among the semi-finalists is Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, about her quest to untangle her family history. The movie was a question mark for the short list since it includes some fictionalized elements and re-creations of events from the past. Ultimately, it made the cut, voted in by the 210 members of the doc branch.

Left off the list: One Direction: This Is Us, the documentary with the biggest box office tally of the year at $29 million. Teenagers were fanatical about it, but filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) didn’t get much love from critics over his boy-band movie.  READ FULL STORY

'Blackfish' trailer: Who put the 'killer' in 'killer whale'? -- VIDEO

Sorry, Game of Thrones fans — Blackfish isn’t an in-depth look at the life of Ser Brynden Tully.

Instead, it’s an in-depth look at Tilikum, a bull orca who was born in the wild, captured by humans when he was three years old, and trained to perform at theme parks like Sealand of the Pacific and Orlando’s flagship SeaWorld. He’s best known, though, for being involved in the deaths of three different people — including veteran SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010.

The trailer combines haunting footage of Dawn and Tilikum with quotes from talking heads who explain how captivity wreaks havoc on orcas — and how these “killer” whales are only killers because they’ve essentially been driven crazy by their living conditions. (So this is why that kid wanted to free Willy.) Overall, Blackfish looks like a marine-themed exposé as fascinating and horrifying as 2009’s The Cove — as well as a film that’ll make you feel really, really bad for ever owning a Shamu stuffed animal.

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