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20 Feet from Stardom

Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers

Winner /

Thank You Speech

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Film Synopsis

Background singers heard on many of the 20th century's greatest songs have made a crucial contribution to the world of pop music while remaining unknown to listeners. The singers take center stage for an in-depth look at their role as supporting figures in the complex process involved in creating the finished recordings.


Academy Awards History

These are the first Academy Award nominations for Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers.

Morgan Neville: Thank you. I first want to thank, along with my producer, Cait, our other producer Gil Friesen. This was his idea and it was his baby. And when I first met with him I remember he said, “I want to win an Oscar.” I remember thinking, “You’re crazy… that will NEVER happen.” Gil passed away just weeks before we premiered the film at Sundance. And tonight I know he’s celebrating with us along with his wife, Janet, and his son, Theo. I just want to thank my backup singers… my wife, Jennette, my kids, Sadie and Cameron. I want to thank our amazing distributors, RADiUS and the Weinstein Company. And lastly, these incredible singers like Miss Darlene Love.

Darlene Love: Lord God, I praise you. I am so happy to be here representing the ladies of 20 Feet from Stardom. Singing: “I sing because I’m happy! I sing because I’m free. ‘Cause his eye is on the sparrow and I know he watches me.” Alton, I love you.

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