The five films nominated for the best documentary Oscar provide a compact overview of differing approaches to subject matter and storytelling
The nominees include "The Act of Killing," "Cutie And The Boxer," "Dirty Wars," "The Square," and "20 Feet From Stardom."
"The Act of Killing" is a stylistically bold film from director Joshua Oppenheimer which told the story of genocide in Indonesia by re-enacting mass crimes as dramatic scenes.
"I've been astonished by the readiness and even the hunger by audiences to embrace something new," said Oppenheimer. "In this case it's trying to understand how human beings commit atrocities and how we build normality around these atrocities.
"The Square" is being distributed by Netflix, and marks the first Oscar nomination for the company which has recently made itself an awards player in television as well. The film follows ongoing events in Egypt as one government is toppled for another. The film was even updated after its initial premiere with newly captured footage.