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Curious to find out which documentaries may be competing for the little gold statuette at the 2008 Oscars? The Academy has narrowed down the possibilities to 15, from mainstream titles like Michael Moore's Sicko to festival favorites like Autism: The Musical. Clearly war is of particular interest to documentary filmmakers and Academy members alike, as six of the 15 films deal with the subject.

As Variety notes, the list does not include certain audience favorites like King of Kong and In the Shadow of the Moon. This list of 15 will be further whittled down to five and these final candidates will be announced January 22.

To check out the list of this year's top 15 documentaries (according to the Academy),

Body of War (Phil Donahue, Ellen Spiro)
Autism the Musical (Tricia Regan)
Sicko (Michael Moore)
No End in Sight (Charles Ferguson)
Taxi to the Dark Side (Alex Gibney)
Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience (Richard Robbins)
White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Steven Okazaki)
The Rape of Europa (Richard Berge and Bonni Cohen)
Nanking (Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman)
War/Dance (Sean Fine and Andrea Nix)
Lake of Fire (Tony Kaye)
Please Vote for Me (Weijun Chen)
For the Bible Tells Me So (Daniel G. Karslake)
The Price of Sugar (Bill Haney)
A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman (Peter Raymont)

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