Malik Bendjelloul directed "Sugar Man," which bested "The Gatekeepers," "5 Broken Cameras," "How to Survive a Plague," and "The Invisible War" for the award.
"Sugar Man," a big pre-awards favorite, tells the nearly unbelievable true story of Sixto Rodriguez. The Detroit native left music behind for construction jobs, all while being a cult figure in South Africa, where his music was revered alongside the likes of The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. The rediscovery of Rodriguez -- and his eventual comeback -- provide the base for Bendjelloul's sweetheart documentary.
Rodriguez has since lined up multiple gigs and eagerly made the media rounds since his film saw its American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.
"5 Broken Cameras" found itself at the center of a firestorm in the week leading up to the Oscars. Palestinian director Eman Burnat was detained by authorities at Los Angeles International Airport and threatened with deportation. Filmmaker Michael Moore eventually helped secure Burnat's release.
Last year, the high school football film "Undefeated" won the award for Best Documentary. It beat out "Hell and Back Again," "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front," "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory," and "Pina."
Seth MacFarlane hosted Oscars, which included a host of gags and tributes to the likes of James Bond, "Les Miserables," "Chicago" and "Ted." Adele and Barbra Streisand performed during the broadcast.
More information on Oscar winners is available at our hub and in the liveblog below.
02/25/2013 1:18 AM EST
Good Night, And Good Luck
02/25/2013 1:07 AM EST
Ben Affleck Is Not Into Oscar Punditry
From backstage at the Oscars:
When did you feel a tipping point in your favor for this film?
Clooney: Michelle Obama.
Ben: When they gave us the trophies I was confident that we would win. I don’t get too much into the Oscar-ology and the pontificating. It doesn’t help me to read up on that stuff.
02/25/2013 1:06 AM EST
Daniel Day-Lewis' Facial Hair
Backstage at the Oscars with Daniel Day-Lewis:
Was it uncomfortable wearing the beard?
What do you mean? No it's just a beard. Do you wear your hair? It was my very own beard.
02/25/2013 12:54 AM EST
What Jennifer Lawrence Thought When She Fell
From HuffPost Los Angeles correspondent Sasha Bronner:
"A bad word. That starts with F."
02/25/2013 12:50 AM EST
Ben Affleck's Best Picture Winner Face
02/25/2013 12:49 AM EST
Patricia Clarkson At The Vanity Fair Oscar Party
More on Patricia Clarkson's look here.
02/25/2013 12:44 AM EST
How Movies Change During Oscar Season
Here's Awards Daily blogger Sasha Stone just after "Argo" won Best Picture.
@ AwardsDaily :
See, I told you Argo was Crash incarnate. Won the same amount of awards even.
Have you ever seen a movie where you walk out saying, “That was just a great f--king movie”? That’s Ben Affleck’s Argo. Inexplicably, a film that draws its strength from humor and suspense, winds up being more moving the second time through. Perhaps because once you have been through the suspense part of it you get to know the characters better and therefore care about their outcomes more.
02/25/2013 12:42 AM EST
Ben Affleck's Arc
@ LouLumenick :
Affleck: Oscar winner to laughingstock to Oscar winner. You can't make these things up.
02/25/2013 12:31 AM EST
At Least Someone Liked It
@ m1keh0gan :
Tommy Lee Jones told me Seth MacFarlane was "hilarious." His favorite part? "I Saw Your Boobs." #notkidding
02/25/2013 12:28 AM EST
Daniel Day-Lewis' Meryl Streep Joke
“It’s a strange thing, because three years ago, before we decided to do a straight swap, I had actually been committed to play Margaret Thatcher, um...” he joked. “And Meryl was, was Steven’s first choice for ‘Lincoln.’ And I’d like to see that version. And Steven didn’t have to persuade me to play Lincoln, but I had to persuade him that, perhaps, if I was going to do it, that Lincoln shouldn’t be a musical.”
More on Daniel Day-Lewis' Oscar speech here.