It’s possibly the most heart-warming documentary of the decade, and now SA documentary, “My Octopus Teacher” has been nominated for an Oscar!

We’re so proud of the documentary team who filmed the piece in Cape Town. It centred around the growing friendship between a tiny octopus and free-diver, Craig Foster. It was one of the first Netflix Original Documentaries made in South Africa.

The Oscar nominees were announced on Monday, with two women receiving nominations for their roles as directors. “My Octopus Teacher” was nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category. We’re holding thumbs for the whole team!

Oscars 2021: Two women up for Best Director + All the nominees

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Directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed and produced by Craig Foster, My Octopus Teacher, made waves when it was released in 2020. Foster befriended the octopus in an underwater kelp forest in False Bay, near Cape Town. The octopus allowed Foster into her life to document her home, her meals, and even trusted him enough to let him see her sleep.

If you haven’t watched the documentary, hope on to Netflix as soon as you can. Watch the trailer below.

The Oscars will be aired on 2 April 2021.

 

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