"20 Days in Mariupol" was nominated for an Oscar as Best Documentary Feature Film
A screenshot from the film

Ukrainian director Mstyslav Chernov's documentary film, "20 Days in Mariupol," has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature Film. This marks the second time a Ukrainian film has made it to the Academy Award nominations. The contenders in this category also include:

  • "Bobi Wine: The People’s President"
  • "The Eternal Memory"
  • "To Kill a Tiger"
  • "Four Daughters"

A total of 167 films were initially eligible for consideration in this category, and later, a shortlist of 15 films was selected. The Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled for March 10 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

"20 Days in Mariupol" was also shortlisted in the Best International Feature Film category. However, it did not make it to the final nomination.

The film "20 Days in Mariupol" was created by international journalists from the Associated Press who remained in the besieged Mariupol. They documented scenes that later became iconic images of the war, depicting the deaths of children, mass burials, a bombed maternity hospital, and other horrors of Russian atrocities.

"20 Days in Mariupol" – the directorial debut of war correspondent (with experience in Syria, Nagorno-Karabakh, Libya, Iraq, Gaza Strip, and Afghanistan), photographer, videographer, and writer Mstyslav Chernov.

The film's creation also involved photographer Yevhen Maloletka and producer/journalist Vasylisa Stepanenko. All three received the Pulitzer Prize for their work in the besieged Mariupol, considered the most prestigious award in journalism.