'Minor' Oscars throw up some major pleasures

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'Minor' Oscars throw up some major pleasures

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Away from the headline winners let us not forget the other films honoured at this year’s Oscars.

‘Frozen’ was Disney’s expected Oscar winner in the Animated Feature Film category, but it was the first time the venerable studio has won the award since its creation by the Academy in 2002. Disney-owned Pixar has won it seven times.

‘Frozen’ also took home the Oscar for Best Original Song, ‘Let it Go’.

One surprise came in the Animated Short category where a European film, ‘Mr.Hublot’, snagged the precious golden statuette.

The Franco-Luxembourg co-production chronicles the sweet and funny relationship between a man and his robotic dog.

The film beat four other animated shorts for the Oscar win, including front-runner Mickey Mouse-starring ‘Get a Horse!’.

The win makes it the fifth year in a row that the Academy has awarded the best animated short to a computer-animated film.

In the Documentary category there was strong competition this year with films tackling hard issues such as the Egyptian revolution, or massacres in Indonesia.

However, the Oscar went to music-industry doc ’20 Feet From Stardom’ – a look at the lives and experiences of backing singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of our times.

Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, the film boasts interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few.

Finally, the Documentary Short Oscar went to ‘The Lady in Number 6’.

Directed by Malcolm Clarke, the film follows pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, the oldest known Holocaust survivor who was 109 years old at the time of filming. When she was sent to the Theresienstadt concentration camp with her six-year-old son, music is what saved her life and sanity.

She performed more than 100 concerts inside the concentration camp.

Herz-Sommer died one week before the Oscar ceremony.

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