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'Sugar Man’ wins Oscar for best documentary

LOS ANGELES – “Searching for Sugar Man,” the heartwarming chronicle of a forgotten musician’s rediscovery, has won the Academy Award for best documentary.

Directed by the Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul, “Searching for Sugar Man” tells the story of the Detroit singer-songwriter Rodriguez who disappeared from public after releasing an album in the early `70s, but developed an unlikely cult following in South Africa.

The other nominees Sunday night were “5 Broken Cameras,” “The Gatekeepers,” “How to Survive a Plague” and “The Invisible War.”

The voting process for the documentary category underwent an overhaul this year intended to limit the nomination of obscure films, and ensure that a larger group of documentary filmmakers winnowed the nominees.

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