Watch: The moment SA’s ‘My Oct

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Watch: The moment SA’s ‘My Octopus Teacher’ wins a Bafta [video]

The team behind SA’s ‘My Octopus Teacher’ was ecstatic when they accepted the award for Best Documentary at the Baftas.

Watch: The moment SA’s ‘My Oct

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The South African documentary, My Octopus Teacher, which is also in the running for an Academy Award, was one of five films nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category at this year’s British Academy Film Awards (Baftas) and ultimately won.

My Octopus Teacher wins Bafta for best documentary

Like many other award ceremonies this year, the Baftas was held online. When the documentary feature category came up, the emotional team behind My Octopus Teacher, accepted the award.

The documentary has been a fan-favourite ever since its release on Netflix and tells the gripping story of Craig Foster, suffering from a loss of purpose, who begins a daily diving regimen in the freezing kelp forests at the tip of Africa in order to re-energize himself. 

Directors Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed can be seen front and centre, with Foster, currently in Uganda. According to 2OceansVibe, My Octopus Teacher triumphed over Collective, David Attenborough: A Life On Our PlanetThe Dissident, and The Social Dilemma.

Backstage with Pippa Ehrlich

Later on in the evening, Ehrlich appeared on camera again and spoke about what making the doccie meant to all of those involved:

The biggest winners of the 2021 Bafta awards

Best Film

The Father
The Mauritanian
Nomadland – winner
Promising Young Woman
The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Outstanding British Film

Calm With Horses
The Dig
The Father
His House
The Mauritanian
Mogul Mowgli
Promising Young Woman – winner
Saint Maud

Leading Actress

Bukky Bakray (Rocks)
Radha Blank (The 40-Year-Old Version)
Vanessa Kirby (Pieces Of A Woman)
Frances McDormand (Nomadland) – winner
Wunmi Mosaku (His House)
Alfre Woodard (Clemency)

Leading Actor

Riz Ahmed (Sound Of Metal)
Anthony Hopkins (The Father) – winner
Adarsh Gourav (The White Tiger)
Mads Mikkelsen (Another Round)
Tahar Rahim (The Mauritanian)
Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)

Supporting Actress

Niamh Algar (Calm With Horses)
Kosar Ali (Rocks)
Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm)
Dominique Fishback (Judas And The Black Messiah)
Ashley Madekwe (County Lines)
Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari) – winner

Supporting Actor

Daniel Kaluuya (Judas And The Black Messiah) – winner
Barry Keoghan (Calm With Horses)
Alan Kim (Minari)
Leslie Odom Jr. (One Night In Miami…)
Clarke Peters (Da 5 Bloods)
Paul Raci (Sound Of Metal)


Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round)
Shannon Murphy (Babyteeth)
Lee Isaac Chung (Minari)
Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) – winner
Jasmila Žbanić (Quo Vadis, Aida?)
Sarah Gavron (Rocks)

Animated Film

Soul – winner