South African aquatic wildlife feature “My Octopus Teacher” won the best documentary at the 2021 Oscars – pulling off a stunning victory in the early hours of Monday morning.
MY OCTOPUS TEACHER WINS OSCAR, AFTER BAFTA AWARD
The unorthodox Oscars ceremony was moved from a Hollywood theater to a glammed-up downtown train station to abide by strict Covid-19 protocols, and reunited Tinseltown A-listers for the first time in more than a year.
However, despite the slightly more modest surroundings, the stage was set perfectly for the crew of My Octopus Teacher.
Pippa Ehrlich accepted the award overnight, paying tribute to her fellow crew members and “the South Africans watching back home”. The moving marine-life documentary also won a BAFTA two weeks ago.