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Film by UAPP founder Mstyslav Chernov nominated for Oscar

The American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the long-awaited list of Oscar nominees. The film 20 Days in Mariupol by Ukrainian director, documentary filmmaker, founder of the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers Mstyslav Chernov has been nominated in the Documentary feature film category - Best Documentary Feature. 

This is the first Ukrainian documentary since independence to be nominated for such a film award. In addition, the film's Oscar nomination was the first for the Associated Press in the entire period of the news agency's existence. 

"Mstyslav Chernov's harrowing chronicle of a besieged Ukrainian city and the international journalists who stayed behind after Russia's invasion was nominated for Best Documentary Feature, earning the Associated Press its first Oscar nomination in the news organization's 178-year history," - the statement said.

The film was created in collaboration with the Associated Press and American documentary filmmakers from Frontline. Together with Mstyslav Chernov, photographer Evgeniy Maloletka and producer Vasilisa Stepanenko worked on the film. The journalists arrived in Mariupol just a few hours before the full-scale Russian invasion. In March 2022, Mstislav Chernov and his colleagues from the Associated Press were the only international team of journalists working in Mariupol and sending stories from there. The documentary shows the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion, the life of civilians in Mariupol under siege, the bombing of a maternity hospital and residential areas of the city, as well as mass graves. The team shot all the footage during their 20-day stay in Mariupol. In 2023, the authors of the film won the Pulitzer Prize in the category of Public Service. The film was also nominated for the BAFTA. 

This year's Academy Awards ceremony will take place on March 10 in Los Angeles.


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