Nominees for Best Documentary Feature at the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony, announced on January 24, 2012. The Oscar for Best Documentary Feature is one of the most prestigious and sought-after awards in documentary film making, Due to the limited nature of documentary distribution, a film may be released in different years in different venues, sometimes years after production is complete but is still eligible for the award of the year it was submitted.
The award itself was introduced in 1942, and had four nominees, in 1943 the category was divided into sections, feature and full length.
Early favorites for 2012 Best Documentary Feature nominations include Hell and Back Again, Paradise Lost 3, and Pina.
Photojournalist and filmmaker Danfung Dennis reveals the devastating impact war has on soldiers. see more on Hell and Back Again
The Marshall Curry documentary gives an inside look into the Earth Liberation Front, a group the FBI calls the "number one domestic terrorist threat." see more on If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3
A 2011 documentary film and sequel to the films Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills and Paradise Lost 2: Revelations. The three films chronicle the arrest, 18 year imprisonment, and eventual release of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, otherwise known as the West Memphis 3.