Film producer, Anant Singh attended the 83rd Academy Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles last night as a guest of the Academy. This year marks Singh’s 20th year as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with him being the first South African producer to be invited to be a member of the Academy.
This Academy Awards Ceremony was a special occasion for Singh as he was supporting long time friend, director, Tom Hooper whose film, The King’s Speech achieved significant success, winning four Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Colin Firth) and Best Original Screenplay.
“We congratulate Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech winning the four major Oscars this year, including Best Director. It makes us especially proud that Tom’s feature film career began in South Africa when he directed our production, the Truth and Reconciliation film, Red Dust starring Hilary Swank who presented the Best Director Oscar to him,” said Singh.
Other Oscar contenders with whom Singh has an association were Helena Bonham Carter who starred in Singh’s UK production, The Theory Of Flight and Geoffrey Rush who was the lead in Shine which was distributed in South Africa by Singh’s company, Videovision Entertainment.
Singh produced South Africa’s first-ever Oscar Nominated film, Yesterday which received the Best Foreign Language Film nomination in 2005.