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Oscars Eschews Politics, Goes for 'Sugar Man'

The Best Documentary category often lets Academy voters flex their political muscle. Just consider that both Al Gore and Michael Moore have golden statuettes on their respective mantles.

Tonight, with two films casting a negative light on Israel competing in the documentary category (5 Broken Cameras, The Gatekeepers), the Oscar voters went for ... a soulful story about a presumed dead singer finding new creative life in South Africa.

Searching for Sugar Man's Oscar victory offers up another surprise tonight - but chasing one of the winners off the stage with the theme from Jaws ruined any positive mojo from the moment.


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