- SA's My Octopus Teacher won an Oscar Award for the Best Documentary Film feature last night
- The documentary was directed by James Reed and Pippa Ehrlich and they are proud of the huge accolade
- South African social media users reacted to the news and feel honoured about the film's success
South African documentary My Octopus Teacher has won an Oscar Award for the Best Documentary Film Feature. The film was the first-ever South African documentary to be streamed on Netflix.
The documentary was directed by James Reed and Pippa Ehrlich and tells a story about a diver who seeks the help of an octopus in his journey through life. It was filmed in the deep Atlantic waters of False Bay, South Africa.
This year's Oscars were held from a train station and honoured the A-listers in Hollywood for the first time in over a year because of Covid-19 restrictions.
The documentary stole the hearts of many all over the world and won the coveted trophy. This is truly an honour for South Africans. Check out the reactions from social media below:
"This is such good news and great for our incredible talent we have at home going global. Well done 'My Octopus Teacher'!"
"Well done octopus teacher, a well-orchestrated documentary this is indeed good news."
"It was heartening to see the award go to a film that deepens our understanding of other animals and the natural world. I fear that humans are caught up with the human experience to the exclusion of all else."
Briefly News previously reported that SA documentary My Octopus Teacher scooped a BAFTA. South African documentary My Octopus Teacher has won a British Academy Film Award (BAFTA). The film has also been nominated for an Oscar.
The Netflix documentary, coordinated by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed, tells the story of a year spent by filmmaker Craig Cultivate as he constructs a relationship with a wild octopus in the South African kelp forest off the Cape.
Elrich acknowledged the honour from the British film and TV foundation during a function that was hosted.
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