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.
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