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20 Feet From Stardom

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.

20 Feet from Stardom is a 2013 American documentary film directed by documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville and was produced by Gil Friesen, a music industry executive whose curiosity to know more about the lives of background singers inspired the making of the film.

The film follows the behind-the-scenes experiences of backup singers and stars Darlene Love, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Táta Vega, and Jo Lawry, among many others. On March 2, 2014, it won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 86th Academy Awards.

‘20 Feet from Stardom, this year's Oscar-winner for Best Documentary, is both rousing, upbeat fare... and a film steeped in a strange sense of yearning and regret.’Independent (UK)

‘Such a great idea for a documentary, and such a surprise to realise that it has never been done before.’ Guardian

‘The parade of incredible women, the stream of songs you won't believe they sang on, and those irresistible voices belting out keep the rhythm going through the schmaltz, even if the conductor seems to have dropped his hymn book.’ CineVue

Awards:

Academy Awards, USA 2014 Winner of the Oscar for Best Documentary, Features.

Australian Film Critics Association Awards 2018 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best International Film (English Language)

American Cinema Editors, USA 2014 Winner of the Eddie for Best Edited Documentary - Feature.

Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2013 Winner of the Music Documentary Audience Award for Morgan Neville.

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2014 Winner of the Critics Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature.

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