The ever growing popularity of Free Solo continues, with the film now in the short list of five to win the “Documentary Feature” Oscar in the 91st Academy Awards. This comes just after the film was showed in imax cinemas recently.
Directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi the film captures Alex Honnold on the first ropeless ascent of El Capitan – a 3,000 foot route that goes up the face of the famous formation in the Yosemite national park.
Other nominees in the Documentary Feature category are “Hale County, This Morning, This Evening”, “Minding The Gap”, Of Fathers and Sons”, and “RBG”. So far, Free Solo seems to be the odds on favourite to win. The film has broken out from the climbing world, and a win could propel free soloing and climbing ever more into the public eye.
This comes off the back of their nomination for the Producer’s Guild Awards in the Documentary Motion Pictures category. Just last night they lost out on the win to the film “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”, a film documentary about the life and work of Mr Rogers, the creator of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”.
Read our review on the Thai cave rescue documentary ‘The Rescue’, also directed by Jimmy and Chai.
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Wow…This guy…We embarked on a wild journey 4 years ago. This morning @freesolofilm was nominated by @theacademy for the best feature documentary category. Who would have ever thought…Thank you @alexhonnold for trusting us to tell your story. So proud of our entire team. @natgeo @chaivasarhelyi #sodelighted