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WATCH: New Music-Filled Featurette for Likely Oscar Doc Winner '20 Feet From Stardom'

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! February 17, 2014 at 1:54PM

Watch a new featurette for documentary fave "Twenty Feet From Stardom," which follows the film's breezy road from Sundance to awards season glory, featuring clips and live musical performances.
'Twenty Feet From Stardom'
'Twenty Feet From Stardom'

We've had our sights on Morgan Neville's Oscar-nominated feminist music doc "20 Feet From Stardom" since the Weinsteins scooped the film up after its Sundance 2013 premiere. The film now leads the Oscar doc pack, among strong contenders "The Act of Killing," "Cutie and the Boxer," "The Square" and "Dirty Wars." Watch a new featurette for "Stardom" below, which follows the film's breezy road from Sundance to awards season glory, featuring clips and live musical performances.

Among the awards kudos so far, "20 Feet from Stardom" earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination, placed in the top five documentaries at the National Board of Review, won the audience best doc award at the Provincetown International Film Festival, a Special Jury Prize for Documentary Feature at the RiverRun International Film Festival, was nominated for Best Documentary by the San Diego Film Critics Society, won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival and won the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival. 

Now say that five times fast. Audaciously brilliant critics' fave and BAFTA doc winner "Act of Killing" has been doing well too--but will it play with mainstream Academy voters? None of the contenders has been as entertainingly in voters' faces as "20 Feet from Stardom."

This article is related to: 20 Feet From Stardom, Awards Season Roundup, Awards, Academy Awards, Morgan Neville

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.