A movie documenting the search for an elusive Detroit folk singer has received an Oscar nomination. “Searching for Sugar Man,” which explores the life of musician Sixto Rodriguez, is one of five films vying for the title of Best Documentary at this year’s Academy Awards.
Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul follows the epic search of two South Africans to track down the singer, who had become a legend in their country while living a life of relative obscurity in Detroit. Watch the 60 Minutes story on Rodriguez at a 2012 concert in Detroit.
The nomination was announced Thursday morning at a press conference in Beverly Hills, Calif.
“Detropia,” another Detroit-based documentary, had also been considered for nomination, but didn’t make the final cut.
The 85th annual Academy Awards will be presented Sunday, Feb. 24 in Los Angeles. For a full list of nominees, visit the Academy Awards website.