Searching For Sugar Man wins Best Documentary Oscar
Searching for Sugar Man, the documentary about forgotten singer turned construction worker Sixto Rodriguez, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary last night.
Rodriguez released two albums in the early Seventies, neither sold particularly well and he disappeared into obscurity. But his 1970 debut album Cold Fact had a unique afterlife: it became a touchstone of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. Search For Sugar Man explores that album's impact in South Africa and also what became of the singer.
The film's success has done much to revive the fortunes of Rodriguez, who played London's Royal Albert Hall last November and is booked to perform at Glastonbury and Primavera festivals this summer.
Other winners at this year's Academy Awards were:
Life Of Pi - Ang Lee
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained
Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Anne Hathaway - Les Misérables
BEST ANIMATED FILM
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Chris Terrio - Argo
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained