The honors are coming thick and fast for the documentary about Sixto Rodriguez, and the Detroit musician is thrilled to be along for the ride.
"They're really piling up now," he said this afternoon from a Beverly Hills hotel, where he'd gotten word that Searching for Sugar Man snared an Oscar nomination for best documentary.
"It's pretty amazing," said the 70-year-old Rodriguez. "It started at Sundance (last year), and it's carried through to this."
Rodriguez arrived in Southern California fresh off Tuesday's appearance at the National Board of Review Awards in New York, where he sat with the likes of Al Pacino, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck to watch Sugar Man win its latest best-documentary trophy.
In his typical low-key style, Rodriguez was quick to steer credit to the film's creator, Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul.
"It's his film. I was in the film for eight minutes," Rodriguez said. "He did all the traveling, the research, the interviews."
The whirlwind isn't close to finished yet: Rodriguez is booked to play The Tonight Show on Friday, and he's looking ahead to a tour schedule that will include performances at rock festivals such as Coachella and England's Glastonbury.
And with the Searching for Sugar Man DVD due Jan. 22 amid all the awards hoopla, Rodriguez figures the film is set for a second wind with audiences.
Widespread acclaim had eluded Rodriguez for decades, but he takes a better-late-than-never approach to it all, pleased to add his name to the historical roll call of Detroit music.
"There's a whole lot of people who have hit from Detroit area and Michigan, and I'm happy to approach it this way," he said. "Because how many people have a film that's nominated for an Oscar?"