- South African documentary My Octopus Teacher has made it onto the Oscars shortlist
- The documentary features Craig Foster, who develops an unusual friendship with an octopus
- South Africans are ecstatic about the Oscars news and shared their congratulatory messages online
My Octopus Teacher, a South African documentary, has made its way onto the Oscars shortlist. The documentary focuses on award-winning filmmaker Craig Foster who developed an unexpected friendship with an octopus.
The movie was released in 2020 and has received two awards at the Critics Choice Documentary Awards and eight nominations at the Jackson Wild Media Awards. Directors of the documentary compiled archival footage into a feature.
Oscars 2021 will supposedly be an in-person event expected to broadcast on 25 April.
Speaking to Channel24, director Pippa Ehrlich said the documentary was something very unique, powerful and something she's never seen before. A report by Vanity Fair stated that Pippa spoke about land animals being more used to humans in their space but marine creatures are not used to us.
The documentary received tons of praise from people who have watched it since its release last year. Take a look at some of the tweets under #MyOctopusTeacher below:
"Congratulations Craig Foster and Pippa Ehrlich and team - an Oscar nomination for #MyOctopusTeacher! Such fabulous news and so richly deserved."
"Thanks to @MsMelanieSykes for recommending #MyOctopusTeacher to me. I cried throughout. Happy and sad tears. It’s brilliant. Of course, I now want a pet octopus and to go snorkelling, you up for it Melanie, I’ve heard Bognor is lovely in June."
"For obvious reasons, I've had a lot of time to watch all sorts of film & tv over the past few months. But if there's one thing I'd implore you to watch, it is #myoctopusteacher. One of the most beautiful stories I've ever experienced. Craig Foster, @PippaEhrlich et al, thank you!"
In other film news, Briefly.co.za recently reported that fans celebrated Zendaya's performance in the film Malcolm & Marie. The Netflix film Malcolm & Marie stars Zendaya Coleman and John David Washington. The movie's plot is based on a real-life event when the director Sam Levington forgot to thank his wife in a speech during a movie premiere.
What's special about the movie is that it is in black and white, something not seen in many modern movies today.
The film is an emotional one and takes a look at relationships from a totally different perspective.
Malcolm & Marie details the darker sides of relationships, looking at what it's like to be in a situation that takes a toll on a person emotionally.
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