Cape Town has done it again. The heartwarming documentary “My Octopus Teacher” is in the running for an Academy Award in the Documentary Feature-category.

The doccie follows filmmaker Craig Foster as he free dives nearly every single day in False Bay. He establishes a close connection with a female octopus and follows her life cycle, learning invaluable information about this creature’s underwater world while dealing with his own emotional journey.

It’s directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed, two people who can be immensely proud. “My Octopus Teacher” already has a string of accolades to its name: two awards at the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards (CCDA), the Grand Teton Award at the Jackson Wild Media Awards and the Best Feature Film award at the EarthX film festival.

Fingers crossed it they will soon be able to add an Oscar to that list.

The 93rd Academy Awards will be hosted on April 26, 2021.


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