Searching for Sugar Man - A Cape Town documentary, 'Searching for Sugar Man”, won the best documentary feature Oscar on Sunday night.
The film tells the story of an obscure Detroit musician, Sixto Rodriguez, who made two albums in the early 1970s but quit music when they failed to sell in the United States.
Around that time, it appears an American tourist brought a cassette tape of the first album, “Cold Fact”, to South Africa and over the next few years Rodriguez obtained a cult following.
It was mistakenly rumoured that he had committed suicide.
In the 1990s, a group of South African fans managed to track Rodriguez down in the slums of Detrot where he had no idea that he was a major star across the world.
The documentary was made by first-time director Malik Bendjelloul, who first discovered Rodriguez while travelling for six months in Africa.
The award was accepted by Bendjelloul and producer Simon Chinn.
The movie also won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary earlier this month.
The Oscars are a set of awards given annually for excellence in cinematic achievements