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.

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