SENNA has missed out on making the 'Best Documentary' pre-nominations shortlist for the 84th Academy Awards

Despite its well-deserved accolades from critics, winning a host of film festival awards, and earning record-breaking box office takings, the boffins in the Academy Awards selection committee have failed to shortlist the SENNA documentary on the ‘Best Documentary’ starting grid for next year’s Academy Awards.

Made almost entirely from archive footage from private home videos and the library of Formula One Management, the film – directed by Asif Kapadia (whose exclusive interview with can be read here) – performed sensationally at the box office, winning the Audience award at the Sundance Film Festival and becoming the highest-grossing British documentary in UK cinemas.

Of the fifteen films to make the shortlist, just five will receive official Oscar nomination when the Academy Awards nomination ceremony takes place in late January.

However, this is not all bad news for SENNA, as it was recently recognised in the nominations for the upcoming British Independent Film Awards, which will take place on December 4.

Not surprisingly, the film is one of five nominees for ‘Best Documentary’, but it has also been nominated for ‘Best Technical Achievement, Editing’ and the coveted ‘Best British Independent Film’ gongs.


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