My Octopus Teacher Scoops Another Global Win At The Oscars
Following its recent win for Best Documentary at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) and Producers Guild of America Awards, South Africa's My Octopus Teacher has added another award to its accolade.
The documentary film ran for an Oscar statuette at the 93rd Academy Awards. It made history by walking away with the Best Documentary Feature, making the film the first-ever South African documentary to win an Oscar. However, this has not come as a major surprise as My Octopus Teacher has already won 20 international awards.
In responding to the win, the film's co-director Pippa Ehrlich said she was utterly overwhelmed with an honour they never dreamed possible. She said she hoped that the film had provided a glimpse of different relationships between humans and the natural world.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa wrote a personal letter sent before this year's Oscars, congratulating the production team of My Octopus Teacher, saying the documentary had provided a deeply resonant conservation message. He added, the team should be proud to have been nominated for the Academy Awards, a first-ever for South Africa.
Craig Foster, who appears in the film, said the Academy Award would elevate the great African Sea Forest and the surrounding ocean of South Africa into a global iconic status. "Winning is excellent news because it achieves our aim to show the world the biodiversity treasure worth protecting", he said.
The outcome so far has been organisations and individuals sending messages about how they have started diving, studying marine sciences or using My Octopus Teacher as a tool in mental health workshops, said Foster.