Oscars 2013: what it’s like to win by Simon Chinn | The Guardian

Simon Chinn, left, and Searching for Sugar Man's director Malik Bendjelloul with their Oscars. Photograph: Xinhua/Landov/Barcroft Media
Simon Chinn, left, and Searching for Sugar Man’s director Malik Bendjelloul with their Oscars. Photograph: Xinhua/Landov/Barcroft Media

Simon Chinn, British producer of best documentary Searching for Sugar Man, describes his ‘surreal experience’

Phew. That’s better, now I’ve got a cup of tea in my hand. Famous? It’s only a documentary, for Christ’s sake. But yes … it was amazing.

It is such a surreal experience. We documentary makers don’t get to mix with real Hollywood, but it had got very good distribution in the States so a lot of people knew about it. I met a lot of properly famous people. I had Joan Collins fondling my Oscar. I wished Daniel Day-Lewis luck before he went on – a great win that, he is a class act.

I’d been there before, when I won for Man on Wire, so I knew the drill a little bit – but I’m not sure if that really helps much. For the first time this year, thanks to the changes introduced by Michael Moore, all the members of the academy got to vote on it, 6,000 people who all got DVDs instead of just the documentary sector of about 170. So it was a much more level playing field, and it felt like a good year to win.

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‘Searching For Sugar Man’ wins the Oscar | iafrica.com

Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn accept the Best Documentary Feature award for Searching for Sugar Man. Getty Images
Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn accept the Best Documentary Feature award for Searching for Sugar Man. Getty Images

Searching for Sugar Man, about a singer whose musical star faded without a trace until he was rediscovered in South Africa, won the best documentary feature Oscar on Sunday.

The film tells the story of Sixto Rodriguez, who made two albums in the early 1970s but then quit music – and who knows nothing about his fame on another continent.

The documentary was made by first-time director Malik Bendjelloul, who first discovered Rodriguez while travelling for six months in Africa in 2006, and was fascinated by his story.

The award was accepted by Bendjelloul and producer Simon Chinn, who explained why Rodriguez did not attend the Oscars show at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

via iafrica.com | entertainment | awards season | news | ‘Sugar Man’ wins the Oscar.

 

The Sunday Conversation: Malik Bendjelloul – latimes.com

Malik Bendjelloul, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary "Waiting for Sugarman," at the Beverly Wilshire hotel. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / February 19, 2013)
Malik Bendjelloul, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Searching For Sugar Man,” at the Beverly Wilshire hotel. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / February 19, 2013)

Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul, who has been tearing a swath through awards season with his film debut, “Searching for Sugar Man,” is scheduled to attend his first-ever Oscar ceremony Sunday as a nominee for documentary feature.

How has awards season been for you? You’ve won Writers Guild, DGA, BAFTA and other awards. How many have you won?

Over 30 awards internationally. In awards season we won Writers Guild, Producers Guild, Directors Guild, the American Cinema Editors and BAFTA, the IDA — International Documentary Assn.’s award — and Critics’ Choice and the National Board of Review.

So did you have to buy a tux for this?

I didn’t. I was given a tux by Brooks Brothers. I was very, very grateful for that.

Read more at The Sunday Conversation: Malik Bendjelloul – latimes.com.

The 2013 Oscars: Searching for Sugar Men | Miss Ntertainment

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The documentary isn’t only about one man’s humility and passion to do that which he loved and provide a decent living for his family. It’s also a story about dedication and commitment; Sugar worked tirelessly on the Rodriguez website and to connect the singer with South Africa. He and Brian Currin did so much for South African music at the time, setting up the SA Rock Digest that took advantage of the internet in the “early days.” Journalist Craig Bartholomew Strydom, who was doing his own searching too, also added his persistence and tenacity to the story. All essential elements of this feel-good and inspiring story. Topping it off, is the Swedish director himself, who worked for many years on the project, and didn’t even have the funds to finish it so did the music and graphics himself. He just kept going, believing and continuing when he could. For that, this is a story the world deserves to see over and over. With or without an Oscar win.

via The 2013 Oscars: Searching for Sugar Men | Miss Ntertainment.

Argo, Zero Dark Thirty and Searching for Sugar Man win top WGA award | News | Screen

Argo, Zero Dark Thirty and Searching for Sugar Man have scooped the top screenplay honours from the Writers Guild of America.

In addition, Searching for Sugar Man saw Malik Bendjelloul win for best documentary screenplay.

The story about the hunt for enigmatic US musician Rodriguez beat competition from The Central Park Five, The Invisible War, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, We Are Legion: the Story of the Hacktivists and West of Memphis.

via Argo, Zero Dark Thirty and Searching for Sugar Man win top WGA award | News | Screen.

‘Searching for Sugar Man’ finds Malik Bendjelloul at Oscars

Malik Bendjelloul spent four years “Searching for Sugar Man” and that quest to find the reclusive singer/songwriter Rodriguez has brought him to the Oscars.

His film picked up the Producers Guild prize as Best Documentary and just won him Best Documentary Director at the DGA Awards. It also took top honors with the Critics’ Choice Awards, International Documentary Assn. and the National Board of Review. In the coming weeks, he contends at both the WGA and ACE Eddie awards as well.

No surprise then that “Searching for Sugar Man” is the frontrunner to win Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars. Nineteen of our 23 experts as well as three-quarters of our editors and users are predicting it to prevail.

via ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ finds Malik Bendjelloul at Oscars.

Ben Affleck & ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ Win Directors Guild Awards | FirstShowing.net

So history was made. Last night the Directors Guild Awards were held in Los Angeles, announcing the winner of their 65th Annual Awards. The DGA chose from nominees including Bigelow, Hooper, Lee and Spielberg (but not Tarantino or Zeitlin) to give the top honor to Ben Affleck, director of Argo. Damn! In addition to Affleck, they also chose Malik Bendjelloul’s Searching for Sugar Man as Best Documentary, Jay Roach’s Game Change as Best TV Movie, and Looper director Rian Johnson for his “Breaking Bad” episode. Affleck admitted: “I don’t think this makes me a real director. But I think it means I’m on my way.”

The other nominees for the 2013 Directors Guild Awards include: Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty, Tom Hooper for Les Misérables, Ang Lee for Life of Pi plus Steven Spielberg for Lincoln.

via Ben Affleck & ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ Win Directors Guild Awards | FirstShowing.net.

Wife of Oscar-nominated ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ star Rodriguez says he’ll stay in $50 Detroit home | MLive.com

Searching for Sugar Man" star Rodriguez appears to be staying put in Detroit - even if he wins an Oscar next month.  Associated Press
Searching for Sugar Man” star Rodriguez appears to be staying put in Detroit – even if he wins an Oscar next month. Associated Press

DETROIT, MI – Don’t expect fame to change Rodriguez, a 70-year-old partially-blind folk singer from Detroit who is the star of a documentary film nominated for an Oscar.

The focus of the “Searching for Sugar Man” film is expected to stay put in a Detroit home in the city’s Woodbridge neighborhood he bought for $50 back in 1976 during a federal government land auction.

That’s the word from Konny Rodriguez, his second wife, who had a daughter with him and has been married to him since 1984.

via Wife of Oscar-nominated ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ star Rodriguez says he’ll stay in $50 Detroit home | MLive.com.

“Searching for Sugar Man” wins PGA award » Realscreen

“Searching for Sugar Man” wins PGA award » Realscreen
“Searching for Sugar Man” wins PGA award » Realscreen

The documentary Searching for Sugar Man won its latest prize yesterday (January 26), taking home the best documentary award at the 24th annual Producers Guild Awards.

Malik Bendjelloul’s film, produced by Man on Wire‘s Simon Chinn, has taken the award for outstanding producer of documentary theatrical motion pictures, the latest trophy for the doc, which recently won the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for best documentary.

Searching for Sugar Man has also won the Best Documentary prizes from the Vancouver Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review, as well as the award for Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation from the Cinema Eye Honors, and two prizes from Dutch fest IDFA.

via “Searching for Sugar Man” wins PGA award » Realscreen.

Malik Bendjelloul talks about his Oscar-nominated movie ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ | Yahoo! Movies Oscars Blog – Yahoo! Movies

'Searching for Sugar Man' (Photo: Everett Collection)
‘Searching for Sugar Man’ (Photo: Everett Collection)

The Oscar-nominated documentary “Searching for Sugar Man” tells the strange story of singer-songwriter Rodriguez. Back in the early 1970s, the record company had high hopes for him. With eminently hummable tunes and lyrics that eloquently spoke to life on the mean streets of Detroit, Rodriguez seemed poised to be the next Bob Dylan. But his two albums, “Cold Facts” and “Coming from Reality,” never really caught on in the United States. That would seem to be the end of the story, except, for reasons that still aren’t entirely clear, Rodriguez’s album did, unbeknownst to him, phenomenally well in South Africa. His songs proved to be the anthems of a generation of young South Africans who were increasingly frustrated by their government’s apartheid policies. While his albums were selling as well as “Abbey Road” in Cape Town, Rodriguez seemingly disappeared into obscurity.

“Searching for Sugar Man” also follows some hardcore South African fans, such as Steve “Sugar” Segerman, who grew fascinated by the mysterious origins of his favorite albums. Over many years, he eventually managed to track down the musician, who was living like a Zen monk in a rundown section of the Motor City.

I talked with the movie’s director, Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul, a couple of weeks ago, just before the Oscar nominations were announced. He talked about discovering the strange story of Rodriguez and his own difficulties with getting the movie made, which included having to shoot part of the film on his iPhone. “Searching for Sugar Man” comes out this week on DVD.

via Malik Bendjelloul talks about his Oscar-nominated movie ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ | Yahoo! Movies Oscars Blog – Yahoo! Movies.

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