Robert Greene stands in his office

Robert Greene stands in his office April 16, 2016, at MU as he is surrounded by film posters of the documentaries he's made. Greene's "Procession" just made the Oscars shortlist in the documentary category.

Documentaries about Julia Child, refugees, and the pandemic — as well as a film from an MU journalism associate professor — just got a little closer to scoring Oscar nominations.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday unveiled its shortlists for several categories, including documentary feature, international feature, visual effects and makeup and hairstyling. Nominations for all categories for the 94th Oscars will be announced Feb. 8.

“Procession," by MU's Robert Greene made the shortlist in the documentary category. Greene is filmmaker-in-chief at MU's Murray Center for Documentary Journalism.

Greene's documentary was one of 138 eligible films from which the academy chose. The film is available for streaming on Netflix.

According to reporting by Vox Magazine, "Procession" is a self-reflexive documentary that implements drama therapy to help the participants confront their fears and painful memories. It follows the story of six men trying to heal from the trauma of abuse experienced in the Catholic Church. The film was shown at the Missouri Theatre on Nov. 8.

Members of the documentary branch of the academy culled from 138 eligible films to pick 15 shortlist selections, including two pandemic-themed films (“In the Same Breath,” “The First Wave”); Questlove’s “Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” about a near-forgotten 1969 music event; Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s “Julia”; and Todd Haynes’ “The Velvet Underground.”

Other notable selections are “The Rescue,” about the Thai soccer team and their rescue from a remote cave, “Attica” and “Flee.” “Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry” also made the cut.

Winners will be revealed at the March 27 ceremony, which will be broadcast live on ABC.

  • Grace Nieland is an assistant city editor at the Columbia Missourian. She previously reported on social justice issues, court proceedings and public health. She can be reached at or in the newsroom at 573-882-5720.

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