South African documentary “My Octopus Teacher” nominated for best documentary at this year’s Oscars

March 16, 2021


The film is available on Netflix.

This week, the nominations for the 2021 Academy Awards have been announced. The locally-produced documentary, “My Octopus Teacher” has been nominated for Best Documentary this year. In this Netflix Original, Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed document filmmaker Craig Foster’s relationship with a wild octopus near False Bay in the Western Cape. The film follows Craig’s journey as he forms a lasting bond with the octopus for nearly a year. It already won a few awards in 2020 including two wins at the Critics Choice Documentary Awards for Best Science/Nature Documentary and Best Cinematography.