According to IMDb: 30 Worst Oscar Short Documentary Winners

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1. A Chance to Live (1949)

18 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: James L. Shute

Votes: 22

2. A Tribute to Dylan Thomas (1961)

30 min | Documentary, Short

An atmospheric tribute to the genius of Welsh poet and dramatist Dylan Thomas, using many of the windswept locations where Thomas himself grew up and found his inspiration. The film is ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Howells | Star: Richard Burton

Votes: 19

3. Hitler Lives (1945)

Approved | 17 min | Documentary, Short

This short propaganda film, produced at the end of World War II, warns that although Adolf Hitler is dead, his ideas of racial hatred, violence and conquest live on in the German people, and in like-minded people in the United States.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Knox Manning, Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin

Votes: 261


4. A Year Toward Tomorrow (1966)

25 min | Documentary, Short

Documentary about the VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program.

Director: Edmond Levy | Star: Paul Newman

Votes: 25

5. Men Against the Arctic (1955)

30 min | Family, Documentary, Short

Part of Walt Disney's People and Places series. This is the story of the "Icebreakers" - ships of very special construction that are built to make their way through the heavy Arctic ice packs on a trip to Thule.

Director: Winston Hibler | Star: Winston Hibler

Votes: 42


7. Project Hope (1961)

30 min | Documentary, Short

Documenting the maiden voyage of the SS Hope, a hospital ship operated by Project HOPE, were it brought medical care to Indonesia and South Vietnam in 1960-1961.

Director: Frank P. Bibas | Star: Bob Considine

Votes: 19

8. Chagall (1963)

25 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

Chagall is a 1963 short documentary film directed by Lauro Venturi which focuses on the work of artist Marc Chagall.

Director: Lauro Venturi | Stars: Marc Chagall, Claude Dauphin, Vincent Price

Votes: 15

9. Why Korea? (1951)

30 min | Documentary, Short

This film examines the reasons why the United States decided to engage in the Korean War. Scenes describe Russia's attempt to gain power following World War II (Korea included), and its ... See full summary »

Star: Joe King

Votes: 12

10. Witness to War: Dr. Charlie Clements (1985)

29 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

Documentary of Charlie Clements, a Vietnam War pilot who was convinced by his experiences in the war that he should become a doctor working behind enemy lines.

Director: Deborah Shaffer | Stars: Charlie Clements, Richard Nixon

Votes: 19

11. Women - for America, for the World (1986)

30 min | Documentary, Short

22 prominent American women discuss their activism for nuclear disarmament and their motivations in seeking the end of the arms race.

Director: Vivienne Verdon-Roe | Stars: Joanne Woodward, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Betty Bumpers, Shirley Chisholm

Votes: 29

12. Toward Independence (1948)

30 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: George L. George

Votes: 17

13. Ama Girls (1958)

G | 29 min | Documentary, Short

A depiction of the lives of "ama" divers, Japanese women who dive for pearls.

Director: Ben Sharpsteen

Votes: 21

14. Big Mama (2000)

35 min | Short, Documentary

The story of Viola Dees, an elderly woman who is trying to care for her troubled grandson.

Director: Tracy Seretean | Star: Viola Dees

Votes: 69

15. December 7th (1943)

Unrated | 82 min | Action, History, War

"Docudrama" about the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 and its results, the recovering of the ships, the improving of defense in Hawaii and the US efforts to beat back the Japanese reinforcements.

Directors: John Ford, Gregg Toland | Stars: Walter Huston, Harry Davenport, Dana Andrews, Paul Hurst

Votes: 669

16. First Steps (1947)

10 min | Documentary, Short

United Nations, 1947 - In this film one crippled child learns to walk: first to move, then to stand, and finally to take his first steps. The film deals with modern techniques of ... See full summary »

Director: Leo Seltzer

Votes: 33


17. Seeds of Destiny (1946)

20 min | Documentary, Short

Postwar propaganda film in support of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. Strident but poignant, focusing on children. The film surveys the Nazi/Japanese atrocities... See full summary »

Director: David Miller | Star: Ralph Bellamy

Votes: 64


18. Defending Our Lives (1994)

42 min | Documentary, Short

Documentary about the magnitude and severity of domestic violence. This film features four women imprisoned for killing their batterers and their terrifying personal testimonies.

Directors: Margaret Lazarus, Renner Wunderlich, Stacey Kabat

Votes: 35

19. Czechoslovakia 1918-1968 (1969)

13 min | Documentary, Short, History

Short documentary about 50 years of history of Czechoslovakia, with archive images.

Directors: Robert M. Fresco, Denis Sanders | Stars: Leonid Brezhnev, Neville Chamberlain, Alexander Dubcek, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 151

20. Young at Heart (1987)

Not Rated | 29 min | Documentary, Short, Romance

Filmmakers Sue Marx and Pamela Conn document the romance between Sue's father Louis Gothelf and Reva Shwayder, each in their mid-80s. Both artists and residents of the Detroit suburbs, they... See full summary »

Directors: Pamela Conn, Sue Marx | Stars: Louis Gothelf, Reva Shwayder-Gothelf

Votes: 27

21. Gravity Is My Enemy (1977)

26 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

A look at artist Mark Hicks of Manhattan Beach, California, a quadriplegic since falling out of a tree at age 14. His work is examined, along with a discussion of his being a student at ... See full summary »

Director: John C. Joseph | Stars: Mark Hicks, Jan Stussy

Votes: 16

22. You Don't Have to Die (1988)

27 min | Documentary, Short, Family

A young boy's successful battle against cancer and his subsequent efforts to help other children overcome their fears of the illness.

Directors: Malcolm Clarke, Bill Guttentag | Stars: Jason Gaes, Adam Gaes, Craig Gaes, Geralyn Gaes

Votes: 34

23. Churchill's Island (1941)

TV-PG | 21 min | Documentary, War, Short

The people of Britain resist the German air force and navy with help from North America.

Director: Stuart Legg | Stars: Lorne Greene, Gérard Arthur, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 130

24. The Personals (1999)

Not Rated | 40 min | Documentary, Short

Documentary about a Jewish senior citizens' acting group on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The film covers both the progress and impediments of a play the group is mounting about senior ... See full summary »

Director: Keiko Ibi | Stars: Gloria Bobrofsky, Abram Calderon, Deborah Ehrlich, Seth Glassman

Votes: 36 | Gross: $0.01M

25. A Time for Justice (1994)

38 min | Documentary, Short

A short history of civil rights movements in the US.

Director: Charles Guggenheim

Votes: 40

26. The Alaskan Eskimo (1953)

27 min | Family, Documentary, Short

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Director: James Algar | Star: Winston Hibler

Votes: 50

27. Princeton: A Search for Answers (1974)

30 min | Documentary, Short

A film portrait of teaching and learning at Princeton University. From black holes in space to the B Minor Mass. A film about teachers and students who care to ask the question "Why?"

Directors: Julian Krainin, DeWitt Sage | Stars: William G. Bowen, Edward Cone, Aaron Lemonick, Daniel Seltzer

Votes: 28

29. If You Love This Planet (1982)

26 min | Documentary, Short

An Australian pediatrician gives a speech on the consequences of a nuclear war.

Director: Terre Nash | Stars: Helen Caldicott, Vannevar Bush, Winston Churchill, Leslie Groves

Votes: 116

30. Educating Peter (1992)

30 min | Documentary, Short

Peter Gwazdauskas, a child with Down Syndrome, attends a normal school with regular students. The documentary follows Peter and how much he has improved throughout the school year.

Director: Gerardine Wurzburg | Stars: Judy Gwazdauskas, Peter Gwazdauskas

Votes: 153

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