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An ode to background vocalists: '20 Feet From Stardom' wins at the Oscars

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Best documentary feature film goes to "20 Feet From Stardom". Director Morgan Neville wins his first Oscar tonight. A dynamic cast, including Darlene Love and Tata Vega, brought to the forefront the ups and downs of background vocalists from various genres of the music industry. Darlene Love's rousing rendition of the gospel song "His Eye Is On The Sparrow", during the acceptance speech, testified of God's ever-watching eye of protection through the trials of life in the entertainment industry.

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"20 Feet From Stardom" Synopsis:

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others.

These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film.

Congratulations to all nominees and winners.

Courtesy Oscars and "20 Feet From Stardom"

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