Oscars: A Crowded Field of Doc and Foreign Contenders Has Begun to Emerge

THR's awards columnist recounts the most buzzed-about titles and passes along with industry chatter from the first six months of the year.

Earlier this week, I offered a look at the top Oscar prospects of 2017, so far, from the field of English-language narrative films. Now, as promised, I want to get into documentary features and foreign-language films.

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Also unveiled in April: Oscar winner John Ridley's Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992, a powerful study of the racial tensions that led up to the infamous Rodney King case; and Matt Tyrnauer's Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (Sundance Selects), a look back at the contrasting views of city planning held by Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses.

Don't forget: An important early stop in the "doc Oscar season" is the "Docs to Watch" panel — featuring the filmmakers behind 10 top contenders — that The Hollywood Reporter sponsors and will moderate at the Savannah Film Festival for the fourth year in a row, on a date still TBA around Halloween.

c/o Scott Feinberg | The Hollywood Reporter