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:
Alexander Nanau and Bianca Oana
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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