20 Feet From Stardom, The Lady in Number 6 win Oscars

The two documentary films that won Oscars last night are 20 Feet From Stardom and the short The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life. You can watch the nominees online or on demand, which I think should take less time than the telecast did.

The star of the latter, Alice Herz-Sommer, died last week at 110, the oldest living Holocaust survivor and oldest living pianist; director Malcolm Clarke’s short film follows the music teacher at age 109, sharing her philosophy about life. It will be distributed by Netflix, and is the company’s first Oscar (Netflix also produced documentary feature nominee The Square).

20 Feet From Stardom‘s win resulted in an impromptu performance by Darlene Love. The Morgan Neville-directed film about back-up singers is watchable online. As Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir wrote, it is “one of those moving, tragic and triumphant secret histories of American culture where the biggest surprise is that no one’s told it before.”

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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