Searching for Sugar Man, a film chronicling the life of the American musician Rodriguez, is seen by many Oscars odds makers as the favourite to win the best documentary feature award, having already won in the same category at the Baftas.WXYZ has its own segment on the film featuring more of Sixto's commentary, a follow-up to an earlier report.
Although Rodriguez had a huge following in apartheid-era South Africa, few knew of his music in his native US.
Now that has all changed with the film's success and Oscar nomination.
The film has already won the BAFTA for best documentary, so it's no surprise that the BBC thinks its a favorite. That alone would not bolster my confidence, none of its competitors for the BAFTA award are contending for the Oscar. What makes me more confident is that the film's director won the Directors Guild of America award for best direction of a documentary, where it was up against two of the four competitors for the Oscar, including "How to Survive a Plague," the documentary about the AIDS activist organization ACT-UP. The title alone makes the latter film a worthy topic for this blog, although it will have to take its turn after "Skyfall."