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Simon Chinn, British producer of best documentary Searching for Sugar Man, describes his 'surreal experience'

Phew. That's better, now I've got a cup of tea in my hand. Famous? It's only a documentary, for Christ's sake. But yes … it was amazing.

It is such a surreal experience. We documentary makers don't get to mix with real Hollywood, but it had got very good distribution in the States so a lot of people knew about it. I met a lot of properly famous people. I had Joan Collins fondling my Oscar. I wished Daniel Day-Lewis luck before he went on – a great win that, he is a class act.

I'd been there before, when I won for Man on Wire, so I knew the drill a little bit – but I'm not sure if that really helps much. For the first time this year, thanks to the changes introduced by Michael Moore, »

- Simon Chinn

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