A documentary written, produced and directed by Adam Benzine (MA Magazine Journalism, 2010) has been nominated for an Oscar.

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah was among five films to be shortlisted in the Best Documentary Short category.

Here’s the moment Mr Benzine found out about his nomination, live streamed to New York and announced by Ang Lee:

The HBO film explores the life of iconic filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, and the making of his pivotal Holocaust documentary Shoah (1985).

Since leaving City, Mr Benzine has worked on titles including C21 Media, where he reported on the international TV industry, and was associate editor and online editor at Realscreen in Toronto. He is now the Canadian bureau chief at C21 Media. This is his first foray into filmmaking.

“I’m thrilled for the team that worked on the film and I’m also particularly thrilled for Claude Lanzmann, who never got an Oscar nomination himself. I feel like this goes towards rectifying that, in terms of celebrating what a tremendous filmmaker he is,” said Mr Benzine.

He will be attending the 88th Academy Awards on Sunday 28 February in LA. More to follow in XCity

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