Free Screenings of 90th Oscar® Nominated Films at the National Archives
Press Release · Monday, January 29, 2018

Washington, DC

Highlighting Four Categories February 28 – March 4

Washington, DC — The National Archives will host free screenings of the 90th Oscar® nominees in four categories — Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Live Action Short Film, and Animated Short Film — in its William G. McGowan Theater from Wednesday, February 28 through Sunday, March 4, 2018. This year marks the fourteenth consecutive year these screenings have been hosted by the National Archives. A very limited number of seats are available for press, contact:

The screenings are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in partnership with the National Archives Foundation.

Reservations for the screenings will open to the general public on January 31, 2018. Register online to be notified. Theater doors will open 45 minutes prior to start time. Walk-ins without reservations will be admitted 15 minutes prior to start time, depending on available seats. Please note that some films may not be appropriate for general audiences.

The William G. McGowan Theater is located in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Metro accessible on Yellow or Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. The public should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. To verify the date and times of the programs, call the National Archives Public Programs Line at: (202) 357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.


Screening schedule (subject to availability)


Documentary Feature Nominees

Wednesday, February 28, 7:00 p.m., Register

Faces Places

Agnès Varda, JR, and Rosalie Varda

(89 minutes, rated PG)


Thursday, March 1, 7:00 p.m.  Register


Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan

(121 minutes, unrated)


Friday, March 2, 7:00 p.m., Register

Last Men in Aleppo

Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, and Søren Steen Johannessen

(104 minutes, unrated)


Saturday, March 3, 7:00 p.m., Register

Strong Island

Yance Ford and Joslyn Barnes

(107 minutes, unrated)


Sunday, March 4, 4:00 p.m., Register  

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Steve James, Mark Mitten, and Julie Goldman

(88 minutes, unrated)


Live Action Short Film Nominees

Saturday, March 3, noon., Register  

DeKalb Elementary

Reed Van Dyk

The Eleven O’Clock

Derin Seale and Josh Lawson

My Nephew Emmett

Kevin Wilson, Jr.

The Silent Child

Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton

Watu Wote/All of Us

Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen


Total Running time: 94 minutes.


Animated Short Film Nominees

Saturday, March 3, 3:30 p.m., Register

Dear Basketball

Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant

Garden Party

Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon


Dave Mullins and Dana Murray

Negative Space

Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata

Revolting Rhymes

Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer


Total Running Time: 53 minutes.


Documentary Short Subject Nominees

Sunday, March 4, 11:00 a.m., Register


Laura Checkoway and Thomas Lee Wright

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405

Frank Stiefel


Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Kerrin Sheldon

Knife Skills

Thomas Lennon

Traffic Stop

Kate Davis and David Heilbroner


Total Running Time: 180 minutes.


Note: Screenings on Sunday, March 4 will conclude prior to 6:00 p.m. to allow attendees to return home to view the 90th Oscars  The 90th Oscars®, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. 


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