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This is a list of films by year that have received an Oscar together with the other nominations for best documentary short subject. Following the Academy's practice, the year listed for each film is the year of release: the awards are announced and presented early in the following year.

List of winners and nominees


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Note: A press release issued by AMPAS in 2005 states that "Documentary Short Subject winners Benjy (1951) and Neighbours (1952) are among a group of films that not only competed, but won Academy Awards in what were clearly inappropriate categories. Benjy, directed by Fred Zinnemann and narrated by Henry Fonda, is the fictional tale of a crippled boy. The film was used as a fundraiser for the Los Angeles Orthopedic Hospital. ... Norman McLaren's Neighbours, which today would compete in the Animated Short category, used "pixilation" – animation using living people - to create an allegory of war." [2]





  • 1992 - Educating Peter - Thomas C. Goodwin (posthumous win) and Gerardine Wurzburg
    • When Abortion Was Illegal: Untold Stories - Dorothy Fadiman
    • At the Edge of Conquest: The Journey of Chief Wai-Wai - Geoffrey O'Connor
    • Beyond Imagining: Margaret Anderson and the 'Little Review' - Wendy L. Weinberg
    • The Colours of My Father: A Portrait of Sam Borenstein - Richard Elson & Sally Bochner
  • 1996 - Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien - Jessica Yu director, producer, writer and editor
  • 1997 - A Story of Healing - Donna Dewey, Carol Pasternak
    • Alaska: Spirit of the Wild
    • Amazon
    • Family Video Diaries: Daughter of the Bride
    • Still Kicking: The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies
  • 1999 - King Gimp - Susan Hannah Hadary, William A. Whiteford
    • Eyewitness
    • The Wildest Show in the South: The Angola Prison Rodeo


  • 2009 - Music by Prudence
    • China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
    • The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
    • The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
    • Rabbit à la Berlin



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