South Africa’s TSOTSI (Miramax) won Best Foreign Film at the 78th Annual Academy Awards!
I am so happy that this film won an Oscar because South Africa has had a world class film industry for years telling the stories of African people and now with this award perhaps more attention will be paid to the films coming from South Africa.
Adapted from a story by Athol Fugard, South Africa’s award winning and leading playwright and set amidst the sprawling Johannesburg township of Soweto – where survival is the primary objective – TSOTSI traces six days in the life of a ruthless young man who ends up caring for a baby accidentally kidnapped during a car-jacking.
TSOTSI is a gritty and moving portrait of an angry youth living in a state of extreme urban deprivation. His world pumps with the raw energy of "Kwaito music" – the modern beat of the ghetto that reflects his troubled state of mind.
The film is a psychological thriller in which the protagonist is compelled to confront his own brutal nature and face the consequences of his actions. It puts a human face on both the victims and the perpetrators of violent crime and is ultimately a story of hope and a triumph of love over rage.
John Stewart was an excellent host. My favorite joke of the night was the one where he apologized for singer Bjork’s absence due to the fact that while she was getting dressed Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot her. Hilarious!
Other big winners and no surprise here, Focus’ “BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN” won
three Academy Awards including director for Ang Lee, adapted screenplay and original score. Lionsgates’ "CRASH" took the top honors at tonight’s Academy Awards, winning best picture, original screenplay and film editing.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was named best actor for "Capote" and Reese Witherspoon best actress for "Walk the Line."
Best original song went to "It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from "HUSTLE & FLOW."