Searching for Sugar Man is Critics' Choice

2013-01-11 10:18
Los Angeles – Just hours after receiving an Oscar nomination on Thursday, SA-filmed musical documentary Searching for Sugar Man won Best Documentary Feature at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards.

The film, which is a UK/Sweden co-production, tells the story of Detroit singer-songwriter Rodriguez who, as portrayed in the film, became a source of hope and inspiration in apartheid South Africa before mysteriously disappearing.

Searching for Sugar Man follows South African music fans who set out to discover what exactly happened to their idol Rodriguez - who will be performing in South Africa in February.

Another big winner was Ben Affleck, who after a surprise snub in Academy Award nominations won best director and his film Argo was named best picture.

Affleck, whose film was nominated for seven Oscars including best picture but not best director, accepted the award on Thursday night at the Broadcast Film Critics Association's 18th annual awards in Los Angeles, joking as he took the trophy that he'd "like to thank the Academy".

Daniel Day-Lewis from Lincoln and Jessica Chastain from Zero Dark Thirty both added to earlier Oscar nods with Critics' Choice wins in the top acting categories.

Philip Seymour Hoffman won best supporting actor for his role in The Master and Anne Hathaway won best supporting actor for Les Miserables.

The full list of Critics' Choice winners:

Best Picture

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain

Supporting Actor
Philip Seymour Hoffman

Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway

Young Actor/Actress
Quvenzhane Wallis

Acting Ensemble
Silver Linings Playbook

Ben Affleck

Original Screenplay
Quentin Tarantino

Adapted Screenplay
Tony Kushner

Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi)

Art Direction
Sarah Greenwood/Katie Spencer (Anna Karenina)

William Goldenberg/Dylan Tichenor (Zero Dark Thirty)

Costume Design
Jacqueline Durran (Anna Karenina)

Cloud Atlas

Visual Effects
Life of Pi

Animated Feature
Wreck-It Ralph

Action Movie

Actor in an Action Movie
Daniel Craig

Actress in an Action Movie
Jennifer Lawrence

Silver Linings Playbook

Actor in a Comedy
Bradley Cooper

Actress in a Comedy
Jennifer Lawrence

Sci-Fi/Horror Movie

Foreign Language Film

Documentary Feature
Searching for Sugarman


John Williams

- Channel24


  • gavin.taylor.79 - 2013-01-11 10:54

    Excellent film and I saw Rodriguez "live" in Bristol just before Christmas. However, there are some glaring errors in the film and I am surprised that they were allowed to get through the editing as it somewhat diminishes the credibility of the story. Also, the Australian connection to Rodriguez is completely ignored and not mentioned at all during the film. This smacks of bias and I think that an excellent opportunity to tell the full story was lost.

      kayceechick - 2013-01-11 11:59

      Even the band that plays for Rodriguez has been completely left out of the film... If your going to see the performances in Feb.. all those guys had a huge role in "finding Sugarman" and not even 1 single mention in the film. Sure they were interviewed, but the directors felt it didnt fit in with 'his' story.

      rudi.schalkwyk.1 - 2013-02-06 09:51

      "I agree that there was a lot left out of the movie, including details about his kids' mother, most glaringly. The story is specifically about "Searching for sugar man" from a specifically South African/USA perspective where the massive contrast of his popularity remains. To the degree that this is about that divide, and the South African rediscovery, it's accurate. So I suppose it's sticking to the title. It's not a documentary called "Rodriguez"

  • SeeItLoud - 2013-01-11 11:27

    Congratulations to "Searching for Sugar Man" team. Here's what director Malik Bendjelloul and Sixto Rodriguez had to say about the film last summer to MusicFilmWeb.

  • courtney.baird.71 - 2013-01-12 20:35

    great show!!!!!!!! got the dvd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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