My Octopus Teacher Oscar nomination

We’re delighted to report My Octopus Teacher, the enchanting documentary about a South African man’s ‘friendship’ with an octopus has been officially nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary Feature Category!

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The nominees for the 23 categories in the 93rd Oscars® were announced Monday morning by actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas and musician Nick Jonas, live from London, via a global live stream.

My Octopus Teacher – by filmmakers Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed and Craig Foster – has mesmerised the world with its magnificent underwater footage and moving story about the relationship between Craig and an octopus that he befriended in a kelp forest, somewhere within the Cape Peninsula waters… during a challenging time in his life.

The beautiful cinematic piece has been hugely popular on Netflix internationally, and was South Africa’s first Netflix Original Documentary.


Chadwick Boseman, the Black Panther star who died on August 28, 2020, is the seventh performer to receive a posthumous nomination (for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom). The others were James Dean, Spencer Tracy, Peter Finch (the only posthumous acting winner to date), Ralph Richardson,  Massimo Troisi and Heath Ledger.

The Academy Awards are set to air live on Sunday 25 April from Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood. The Oscars will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Other Nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards:

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Riz Ahmed in “Sound of Metal”
  • Chadwick Boseman in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
  • Anthony Hopkins in “The Father”
  • Gary Oldman in “Mank”
  • Steven Yeun in “Minari”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Sacha Baron Cohen in “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
  • Daniel Kaluuya in “Judas and the Black Messiah”
  • Leslie Odom, Jr. in “One Night in Miami…”
  • Paul Raci in “Sound of Metal”
  • Lakeith Stanfield in “Judas and the Black Messiah”

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Viola Davis in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
  • Andra Day in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday”
  • Vanessa Kirby in “Pieces of a Woman”
  • Frances McDormand in “Nomadland”
  • Carey Mulligan in “Promising Young Woman”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Maria Bakalova in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”
  • Glenn Close in “Hillbilly Elegy”
  • Olivia Colman in “The Father”
  • Amanda Seyfried in “Mank”
  • Yuh-Jung Youn in “Minari”

Best documentary feature

  • “Collective” Alexander Nanau and Bianca Oana
  • “Crip Camp” Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht and Sara Bolder
  • “The Mole Agent” Maite Alberdi and Marcela Santibáñez
  • “My Octopus Teacher” Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed and Craig Foster
  • “Time” Garrett Bradley, Lauren Domino and Kellen Quinn

Best international feature film of the year

  • “Another Round” Denmark
  • “Better Days” Hong Kong
  • “Collective” Romania
  • “The Man Who Sold His Skin” Tunisia
  • “Quo Vadis, Aida?” Bosnia and Herzegovina

Best motion picture of the year

  • “The Father” David Parfitt, Jean-Louis Livi and Philippe Carcassonne, Producers
  • “Judas and the Black Messiah” Shaka King, Charles D. King and Ryan Coogler, Producers
  • “Mank” Ceán Chaffin, Eric Roth and Douglas Urbanski, Producers
  • “Minari” Christina Oh, Producer
  • “Nomadland” Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey and Chloé Zhao, Producers
  • “Promising Young Woman” Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, Emerald Fennell and Josey McNamara, Producers
  • “Sound of Metal” Bert Hamelinck and Sacha Ben Harroche, Producers
  • “The Trial of the Chicago 7” Marc Platt and Stuart Besser, Producers

See the full list of Oscar Nominations for 2021

WATCH Trailer: My Octopus Teacher (South Africa’s Oscar Nominated Documentary)