Kenya’s first film to be nominated for an Oscar, Watu Wote, missed out on an Academy Award last evening during the gala event held at the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood after another competing film in the same category, The Silent Child, won the Oscar.
Watu Wote, a film based on the dreadful 2014 Mandera bus attack had been nominated in the Short Film (Live Action) category alongside My Nephew Emmett, The Silent Child, DeKalb Elementary and Eleven o’clock.
The Silent Child, a UK film starring a six-year-old deaf British girl won the Oscar for Live Action Short Film.
Watu Wote had already won awards at more than 40 prestigious film festivals across the globe prior to being nominated at the 90th Oscar awards.
The short film titled, Watu Wote, was produced in 2016 as the graduation film for Germany’s Hamburg Media School master class program.
Katja Benrath from the media school won in the student narrative category of the Student Oscars, making the film the first Kenyan production to bag an Oscar.
STUNNING LUPITA NYONG’O PRESENTS AWARD AT 2018 OSCARS
Kenya’s Hollywood sensation Lupita Nyong’o also got a chance to announce winners and present to them the coveted award.
Lupita together with Kumail Nanjiani presented the award for Achievement in Production Design at the 2018 Academy Awards. The two took a stand for all dreamers.
“And like everyone in this room and everyone watching at home, we are dreamers,” Nyong’o said “We grew up dreaming of one day working in the movies. Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood, and dreams are the foundation of America.”
“And so, to all the dreamers out there, we stand with you,” Nanjiani added.
BIGGEST WINNERS OF THE 2018 OSCARS
The Shape of Water, an American fantasy drama film directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor was one of the top winners of the night after it won Best Picture, original score, best director and best picture.
It was also a good night for writer-director James Ivory, who became the oldest Oscar winner at the age of 89 for his screenplay adaptation of Andre Aciman’s novel “Call Me by Your Name.”
Best actor in supporting role: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Animated Feature Film: Coco,Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson
Best Director: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Actress in a Leading Role: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Actor in a Leading Role: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Best Cinematography: Roger A. Deakins, Blade Runner: 2049