Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter catches up with singer Rodriguez on the eve of the 85th Academy Awards, at which ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ is widely expected to win the best doc Oscar.
Believe it or not, I know what it’s like to be searching for Sugar Man. On the day that I was originally supposed to interview Sixto Rodriguez, the titular subject of Malik Bendjelloul’s remarkable best documentary feature Oscar nominee Searching for Sugar Man (which chronicles the search for a musician who never knew he was famous halfway across the world), neither the publicist working on the film nor I could locate him. We later learned that the 70-year-old, who had flown from Detroit into Los Angeles for a short trip, had taken his girlfriend to the hospital for what was ultimately diagnosed as exhaustion. When I finally connected with the two of them the next day, both were in good spirits, though clearly drained from the travels and adventures of a year that neither of them — nor anyone else — could have possibly seen coming.
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