Jan 23, 2024
20 Days in Mariupol documentary nominated for Oscars
The film 20 Days in Mariupol by Mstyslav Chernov, Yevhen Malolietka and Vasylisa Stepanenko has been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary category.
The news was announced at a live broadcast of the American Film Academy.
Earlier, the film was shortlisted for the Oscars in the Best Documentary and Best Foreign Language Film categories.
20 Days in Mariupol is a documentary based on the footage shot by war correspondent, photographer and videographer Mstyslav Chernov in the Russian-encircled city of Mariupol (before it was occupied).
The film consists of footage that Chernov and a team of Associated Press photojournalists sent to the world media, describing the events in Mariupol: the deaths of children and adults, the creation of mass graves, a maternity hospital destroyed by a Russian airstrike, and other Russian war crimes.
20 Days in Mariupol at international awards
On 12 January 2024, Mstyslav Chernov was nominated for the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards 2024. He was recognised for his work as a director of the documentary 20 Days in Mariupol.
Earlier, American film critics had already recognised the film at the end of 2023. Back then, the documentary was included in the list of the five best documentaries of the year.
On 18 September 2023, the Ukrainian Academy Awards Committee chose the testimonial documentary 20 Days in Mariupol, directed by Mstyslav Chernov, to represent Ukraine at the 96th Academy Awards. In December, the film was added to the qualifying lists of films eligible for consideration for the 96th Academy Awards.
The film has also received a number of nominations and awards at world film festivals. The Cinema Eye Awards for achievements in non-fiction and documentary films and series nominated 20 Days in Mariupol for outstanding achievements in several categories: Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, Editing, Production, Debut Feature Film and Audience Choice Award.