Bravo “My Octopus Teacher!” Academy Award Best Documentary Nominee! Plus Oscar’s Groundbreaking Year For Women!

A Golden Year For An Octopus!

The Academy Award nominations were announced today, and while there are many great films and Artists nominated – both in front of and behind the camera – it’s the category of Best Feature Documentary that makes me so happy this morning – all because of a brilliant film about a wise Octopus!

“My Octopus Teacher” is a Netflix Original documentary film directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed, which documents a year spent by filmmaker Craig Foster forging a relationship with a wild common octopus in a South African kelp forest.

Yes, a friendship!

I love this film: it captures on camera a friendship between Foster and a large Octopus he encounters on one of his snorkeling adventures…

Check out the trailer:

This is a beautiful film: funny, informative, heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure – it does what any great documentary should do: it makes you care about the subject in the film, and about larger issues as well…

Bravo to the creative team behind this fascinating and moving documentary – one of five nominated this year for the Academy Award!

Here is the entire list of nominees:

Documentary Feature

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

Garrett Bradley, Lauren Domino and Kellen Quinn

Speaking Of Oscar nominations:

A Record-Breaking Year For Women Behind The Camera!

That’s right, a long overdue milestone was achieved this morning – let’s begin with this terrific film.

“Nomadland” was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture!

The film was directed by Chloé Zhao, who also wrote, edited, and co-produced. Zhao was nominated in ALL of those categories, so is herself up for 4 Oscars!

An Oscar First!

Zhao is one of two women nominated in the Best Directing category – a long long overdue first for the Academy. It is the first time in history that two women are nominated in this category in the same year.

You can see more about “Nomadland” by clicking on my story here:

The other nominee for Best Director is Emerald Fennell, who directed “Promising Young Woman”, which also scored a Best Picture nomination. Fennell is also nominated for Best Original Screenplay as well!

You may recognize Fennell for her acting work at Camilla Parker Bowles in season 4 of “The crown.”

Bravo to her for her three Oscar nominations as well!

If “The Octopus Teacher” made you crave a day at the beach, why not hit a local Aquarium instead?

I hung out with the giant Squid once at Monterey’s incredible Aquarium, and if you click on my story here, you can see more incredible creatures of the sea!

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12 replies

  1. Just wow… the octopus teacher trailer…It is also lovely to see female nominees…Looking forward to the results although normally I don’t take too much notice…Great post, John 🙂 x


  2. It’s interesting because one of the people in my writing group has been penning a story about a scientist who forges a unique relationship with an octopus. At one point, the octopus saves her life. She worked with marine animals, so it isn’t as farfetched as it sounds. I knew they were intelligent animals, but some of the research about them is astonishing. By the way, I’ve been to the Monterey Aquarium several times. It’s a must-see for those who have never been there.


  3. i just saw this a few weeks ago, and loved every. minute of it! he clearly fell in love with the octopus and how cool the ending


  4. I don’t pay much attention to The Oscars these days. Too many ‘political’ nominations, because of age, colour, or gender. But I did watch them live from London on the lunchtime news, leaving me wondering how few of the nominees I knew that well, and including the two presenters, who I had never seen before. (As far as I know.)
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. Aaaah, so that’s what it is! I did an online pub quiz with my folks last week and there was a question that involved ‘My Octopus Teacher’ and I’d never heard of it. I thought it was made up nonsense or some obscure film from decades ago. I’d at least heard of Nomadland and the praise it’s been getting. That’s on my to-watch list! xx

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  6. I’m not usually one to watch documentaries but both look amazing. Thanks for these recommendations


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