The Oscars: Shortlisted African Nominations To Be Announced Shortly!
According to reports, the African continent is up for several Oscar nominations, and people across the continent are projected to be glued to their screens on Monday 15th March in anticipation. Three films from various African countries have made the shortlist in several categories ranging from Documentary Feature to International Feature.
The nominations are: "Night of the Kings", a shortlisted film for the International Feature Nomination. The Ivorian Philippe Lacôte directs the film. It is based on a story about a new inmate at an Ivory Coast prison who is unaware that his storytelling skills will determine his life or death. In a statement, Lacôte spoke about the importance of creating African movies that reflect Africa's world vision. Lacôte's film is multidimensional in its presentation, exploring themes across the physical and mythical world. In an interview with CNN, the director said it was essential to show the pieces as they reflect Ivory Coast's culture.
He continued to say; Ivory Coast has now made it on the international cinema map, which is a significant milestone for himself and Ivory Coast.
Another film that has made the shortlist is a 2020 Netflix Original documentary film directed by South African Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed, which documents a year spent by filmmaker Craig Foster who forged an unlikely relationship with a common wild octopus in a kelp forest.
The third shortlisted film under International Feature Nomination is the Tunisian "The Man Who Sold His Skin" film. The film is inspired by a Belgian contemporary artist and is about a Syrian man whom the artist uses as a canvas. The country that holds the largest film industry in Africa, Nigeria, was disqualified due to language requirements.