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The International Documentary Association announced its 2012 Ida Documentary Awards Friday evening at a ceremony at the Director's Guild, with Swedish music documentarian Malik Bendjelloul's five-year labor of love "Searching for Sugar Man" taking home the Best Feature prize, as well as Best Music. Werner Herzog's brilliant "On Death Row," a multi-episode extension of last year's "Into the Abyss," took home the Best Limited Series award. Full list below. Host Penn Jillette, who introduced himself as "carny trash" and an aetheist, described documentary films as "his church." He laid out his original plan to juggle three flaming torches for the audience, but settled on an even dicier goal: Juggling an Ida award (which is pointy and made of glass) and two apples. Upon receiving the award for Best Limited Series for "On Death Row," legendary German director Werner Herzog noted that, despite having »


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