Oscars 2014: ‘The Lady in Number 6’ wins documentary short


“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” directed by Malcolm Clarke, won the Oscar for documentary short on Sunday.

The documentary follows Alice Herz-Sommer, the pianist and oldest known Holocaust survivor who was 109 years old at the time of filming. When she was sent to the Theresienstadt concentration camp with her 6-year-old son, music is what saved her life and sanity. She performed more than 100 concerts inside the concentration camp. Herz-Sommer died one week ago.

Clarke’s previous Academy Award nominations include the documentary feature “Prisoner of Paradise” in 2002 and the documentary short “You Don’t Have to Die,” which won the Oscar in 1988.


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The other nominated documentaries were “CaveDigger,” Jeffrey Karoff’s film following environmental sculptor Ra Paulette, who creates massive sandstone art caves in New Mexico; “Facing Fear,” Jason Cohen’s film about Matt Boger’s reunion and collaboration with a reformed neo-Nazi skinhead who took part in a homophobic attack that left Boger for dead 25 years ago; “Karama Has No Walls,” Sara Ishaq’s film providing first-person accounts of the 2011 Yemeni uprising; and “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall,” Edgar Barens’ film about terminally ill prisoner Jack Hall and the inmates who provide him with hospice care within the Iowa State Penitentiary.

The 86th Academy Awards are being held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Ellen DeGeneres is hosting the televised ceremony.


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