Movie director Michael Jackson is among the 75 documentaries that were voted on by the American Society of Cinematographers in their annual Top Documentary category.
The 70th anniversary of the legendary entertainer’s death, released on January 6, 2017, is widely seen as the watershed moment in the history of the music and cinema industries.
The Oscars, which are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, are the world’s highest awards ceremony.
The awards ceremony, which was won by Jackson’s 1996 film, The Magic Flute, was held in New York in February.
A selection of the films on the annual list was released on Tuesday, with Jackson’s film on the Oscars being voted #1.
“I think I’m pretty happy with this,” Jackson said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly magazine.
“It’s a big milestone for us.
It’s an honour to have won.”
Jackson said that the film was chosen as a part of the Oscars’ “Top Documentaries” for three main reasons: its emotional impact, its portrayal of the lives of young people in the US, and its depiction of the culture of racism in the entertainment industry.
“It was a hard decision for me to make, but I think I’ll be happy with it.
It feels right,” he said.
“I didn’t want to be pigeonholed as a black filmmaker.
I wanted to be a black person.”
The 70-year-old singer, songwriter and actor is among more than 40 films on this year’s list, which also includes documentaries about the Black Lives Matter movement, the legacy of the Vietnam War and the history and legacy of racial injustice in the United States.
Jackson’s first film, A Place in the Sun, was nominated for an Oscar in 1995.
The Oscar ceremony has historically been a time for film makers to showcase their work, but Jackson’s films have often featured controversial subjects such as police brutality and the Vietnam war.
Jackson, who died in October, was an important influence on the careers of other artists, including Woody Allen, Michael Moore, David Bowie and John Lennon.
His films were among the biggest hits of the 1970s and 80s, and he was nominated more times than any other director in the Oscars history.
“In the early 70s, he was really influential in the films that came out, because he could be very direct about his message,” said Michael Ladd, a film historian at the University of Michigan.
“He was really bold, and I think that influenced other directors, too.”
Jackson was the subject of numerous documentaries, including The Music Business, Michael Jackson: The Man Who Would Be King, Michael Jordan: The First Kid, Michael Caine: The Master of His Own Life and Michael Jackson, The Man Behind the Music.
The Academy of American Film Arts and Letters is an independent organization of about 4,500 members who make the Oscars, the highest honour in the film industry.
It awards the Oscars for documentary excellence, cinematography, sound and music.
Jackson is the only director to have been nominated in both categories.
In 1967, he won the Oscar for his film The Music Box, which he said was the first movie to take on the black community.
“The music business was really, really important for him.
It really opened his eyes to the problems that were happening in America, and to the need to be better.
He’s very proud of it,” said Ladd.