LATEST UPDATES | SA documentary My Octopus Teacher makes Oscars shortlist

Craig Foster and the octopus in My Octopus Teacher.

Craig Foster and the octopus in My Octopus Teacher.

Photo: Tom Foster/Netflix

The South African documentary My Octopus Teacher has made the Oscars shortlist for Documentary Feature. The movie will is now up against 14 different projects that are being regarded as for nomination.

The nominees for the 93rd Academy Awards will seemingly be presented on Monday, 15 March.

Directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed the movie centres on award-winning filmmaker, Craig Foster who develops a friendship with a unheard of octopus whereas diving in the Atlantic Ocean.

Speaking concerning the movie to Channel24, Pippa acknowledged: “It used to be upright so fascinating for me to be share of one thing I’ve repeatedly wished to occupy and likewise you’re feeling enjoy you might perhaps perhaps additionally have got this unheard of experienced one who’s going to be on that toll road with you, and I knew, I knew this used to be an perfect tale.

“I realised that we had one thing that used to be very, very uncommon and extremely extremely effective and I’ve by no scheme seen the rest enjoy it.”

The movie on 16 November 2020 received two awards on the Critics Option Documentary Awards (CCDA). It used to be the categorical movie to procure home bigger than one trophy – winning in the courses Handiest Science/Nature Documentary and Handiest Cinematography.

In August 2020 the movie nabbed eight nominations on the Jackson Wild Media Awards and went on to procure the Gigantic Teton Award. It also received the Handiest Feature Film award on the EarthX movie competition.

The documentary also fair now not too long up to now inspired a restricted series of swimwear by Cape City based label, Granadilla. Handiest 100 pairs of the superbly designed shorts were up on the market on the price of R990.

The documentary motion photos on the shortlist are:  

All In: The Fight for Democracy

Boys Mutter


Crip Camp

Dick Johnson Is Dreary



The Mole Agent

My Octopus Teacher


The Painter and the Thief

76 Days


The Truffle Hunters

Welcome to Chechnya

ALSO READ: Two African motion photos produce the Oscars Global Feature Film shortlist

Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht

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