'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.Read More »from Malik Bendjelloul talks about his Oscar-nominated movie ‘Searching for Sugar Man’
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- Jonathan Crow | Yahoo! Movies Oscars Blog – Fri 25 Jan, 2013 7:05 AM IST
‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ director Benh Zeitlin talks about getting an Oscar nomination and his pint-sized star Quvenzhane WallisBy Jonathan Crow | Yahoo! Movies Oscars Blog – Fri 11 Jan, 2013 2:46 AM IST
Photo: Fox SearchlightThis morning, alongside such cinematic heavyweights as Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee, and Michael Haneke, Benh Zeitlin garnered a best director nomination this morning for his breakout indie hit "Beasts of the Southern Wild," beating out the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Ben Affleck, and, most shockingly, Kathryn Bigelow. Pretty heady stuff for a 30-year-old first-time filmmaker. "Beasts" also got nominations for best picture, best original screenplay, and best actress. At the age of 9 years old -- she was 6 when she made the movie -- Quvenzhane Wallis (her first name is pronounced a bit like "revenge" but with a "qua" at the beginning and an "ay" at the end) is the youngest person ever to get an Academy Award nomination.Read More »from ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ director Benh Zeitlin talks about getting an Oscar nomination and his pint-sized star Quvenzhane Wallis
- Jonathan Crow | Yahoo! Movies Oscars Blog – Thu 10 Jan, 2013 9:33 PM IST
Photo by Fox Searchlight PicturesThis has been one hell of a year for Benh Zeitlin, director of "Beasts of the Southern Wild."
The first-time director finished his movie a mere two days before its Sundance premiere, where it was immediately met with rhapsodic reviews. Critics hailed it as one of the most audacious movies to play at the festival in years. It went on to win the fest's top prize, and then a few months later it won the Camera d'Or at the Cannes International Film Festival. And today, the movie scored four, count 'em, four Oscar nominations including one for best director and another for best picture.Read More »from Oscar-nominated ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ director Benh Zeitlin on finding his pint-sized star