Searching for Sugar Man, about the search for American folk
icon Sixto Rodriguez, won the best documentary feature Oscar
while documentary short trophy went to Inocente.
In the early 1970s, A&M released two albums by a
singer-songwriter known only as Rodriguez, who dropped out of
sight and was rumored to have died after the records failed to
When Rodriguez unexpectedly attracted a cult following
during the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, two of his
ardent fans decided to track down the truth behind his
disappearance from the music scene and discovered that he was
working as a builder in Detroit.
Sugar Man, directed by Malik Bendjelloul, beat off
competition from 5 Broken Cameras, The Gatekeepers, How
to Survive a Plague and The Invisible War.
This is the first Academy Award nomination for
Bendjelloul while Simon Chinn, the producer, previously won
for Man On Wire in 2008.
Inocente, by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, is about
fifteen-year-old girl, a homeless, undocumented immigrant, who
clings to her determination to become an artist in the face of
a bleak future.
This was the second Academy award nomination for both
Sean and Andrea, who brought Inocente on stage to accept their
Oscar trophies and hoped that art will be recognised and