WATCH | SA's My Octopus Teacher wins Bafta for Best Documentary

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Craig Foster and the octopus in My Octopus Teacher.
Craig Foster and the octopus in My Octopus Teacher.
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The Bafta Awards took place on Sunday night and a South African documentary took home one of the top prizes.

Broadcast at 20:00 (CAT) from London's Albert Hall without an audience because of coronavirus restrictions, the awards went ahead despite a period of national mourning for the death of Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth, on Friday.

South Africa's entry My Octopus Teacher won the prize for Best Documentary. The 2020 Netflix Original documentary film directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed, documents a year spent by filmmaker Craig Foster forging a relationship with a wild common octopus in a South African kelp forest.

An excited and emotional Pippa Ehrlich accepted the award on behalf of the team. My Octopus Teacher is also nominated for an Academy Award which will be handed out later this month.

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Best film

Best actress
Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Best actor
Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Best director
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

Bafta fellowship
Ang Lee

EE Rising Star award (voted for by the public)
Bukky Bakray

Outstanding British film
Promising Young Woman

Best original score

Best documentary
My Octopus Teacher

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer
His House – Remi Weekes (writer/director)

Best supporting actor
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah

Best original screenplay
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Best supporting actress
Youn Yuh-jung, Minari

Best cinematography

Best film not in the English language
Another Round

Best editing
Sound of Metal

Best adapted screenplay
Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller, The Father

Best animated film

Best casting

Best production design

Best costume design
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best makeup and hair
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best sound
Sound of Metal

Best special visual effects

Best British short animation
The Owl and the Pussycat

Best British short film
The Present

Outstanding British contribution to cinema
Noel Clarke

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