Animated Documentary "Flee" Makes History With 3 Oscar Nominations
After winning the grand jury prize at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, "Flee" is once again receiving critical acclaim. On Feb. 8, the Danish animated film made history with its three Oscar nominations for best animated feature, best documentary feature, and best international feature film, making it the first film to ever receive nods in all three categories.
In the best animated feature category, "Flee" is up against "Encanto," "Luca," "The Mitchells vs. the Machines," and "Raya and the Last Dragon." Meanwhile, "Ascension," "Attica, "Summer of Soul," and "Writing With Fire" are also up for best documentary feature. And in the best international feature film category, "Flee" is nominated alongside "Drive My Car," "The Hand of God," "Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom," and "The Worst Person in the World."
Directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, "Flee" tells the story of 36-year-old academic Amin Nawabi and his extraordinary escape from Afghanistan as a child refugee. The film first premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, and since then, it's won a handful of other awards, including a British Independent Film Award, a Gotham Independent Film Award, and the Palm Springs International Film Festival's award for best documentary. Will "Flee" take home the gold again? Find out when the Academy Awards go down on March 27.