Documentary Short /

The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life

Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed

Winner /

Thank You Speech

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Film Synopsis

At 109, Alice Herz Sommer is the world's oldest pianist…and its oldest Holocaust survivor. At the heart of her remarkable story of courage and endurance is her passion for music.


Academy Awards History

This is the third Academy Award nomination for Malcolm Clarke. He was previously nominated for:


Nominee, Documentary (Feature)


Winner, Documentary (Short Subject)


This is the first Academy Award nomination for Nicholas Reed.

Malcolm Clarke: Thank you. When I met Alice Sommer I was struck by two things, her extraordinary capacity for joy and her amazing capacity for forgiveness. For those of you who don’t know it, the amazing Alice Sommer died one week ago today. She was 110. She died quietly. And so this really is, and that (pointing to second Oscar), they’re both for Alice. She was a woman who taught everyone on my crew to be a little bit more optimistic and a little bit more happy about all the things that were happening in our lives and, see the film, she’ll help you live, I think, a much happier life. Thank you so much. Thank you, Nick.

Nicholas Reed: Thank you to the crew, Chris Branch, Phil Goldfine, Frederic, Tim, Kieran, [unintelligible] and Carl.