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Oscar victory for “Sugar Man”

Producer Simon Chinn picked up his second Academy Award as Malik Bendjelloul's Searching for Sugar Man won the Best Documentary Feature prize at the 85th Academy Awards in LA.
February 24, 2013

Malik Bendjelloul’s Searching for Sugar Man picked up the Best Documentary Feature prize at the 85th Academy Awards in LA tonight (February 24).

The film, which explores the fate of 1970s singer-songwriter Rodriguez, beat The Gatekeepers, The Invisible War, 5 Broken Cameras and How to Survive a Plague to take the prize.

The win for director Bendjelloul and producer Simon Chinn (Man on Wire, Project Nim) comes after Sugar Man picked up two Sundance awards, two IDFA awards and two IDA prizes, along with honors from BAFTA, the DGA, the PGA, the Critics’ Choice AwardsCinema Eye Honors and the NBR, as well as numerous other festivals and critic circle prizes.

Elsewhere, the Oscar for Best Documentary Short went to Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine’s Inocente, which beat Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern’s Open Heart, Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan’s Mondays at Racine, Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider’s Kings Point, and Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill’s Redemption.

Meanwhile in the Best Original Song category, the song “Before My Time,” from the documentary Chasing Ice, lost out to the title track from the James Bond film Skyfall.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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