Fifteen documentaries have made it on to the Oscar shortlist and will go forward to the voting process for the 82nd Academy Awards from an initial pool of 89 eligible films, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences announced today [18].

The 15 films in alphabetical order by title, with production company, are:

The Beaches Of Agnes – Agnes Varda (Cine-Tamaris)

Burma VJ – Anders Ostergaard (Magic Hour Films);

The Cove (pictured) – Louie Psihoyos (Oceanic Preservation Society);

Every Little Step – Jim Stern and Adam Del Deo (Endgame Entertainment);

Facing Ali – Pete McCormack (Network Films);

Food, Inc. – Robert Kenner (Robert Kenner Films);

Garbage Dreams – Mai Iskander (Iskander Films);

Living In Emergency: Stories Of Doctors Without Borders – Mark Hopkins (Red Floor Pictures);

The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellsberg And The Pentagon Papers – Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith (Kovno Communications);

Mugabe And The White African – Andrew Thompson and Lucy Bailey (Arturi Films Limited);

Sergio – Greg Barker (Passion Pictures and Silverbridge Productions);

Soundtrack For A Revolution – Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman (Freedom Song Productions);

Under Our Skin – Andy Abrahams Wilson (Open Eye Pictures);

Valentino The Last Emperor – Matt Tyrnauer (Acolyte Films); and

Which Way Home – Rebecca Cammisa (Mr Mudd).

The documentary branch screening committee viewed all the eligible documentaries for the preliminary round of voting and will now select the five nominees.

The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on February 2, 2010, ahead of the awards ceremony in Hollywood on March 7.