As some of you may remember, this comes as something of a relief given that somehow Rock of Ages was also in contention, and the thought of this worthy film losing out to a Tom Cruise flop was enough to make your friendly correspondent break out in a rash.
What sets The Story of Wish You Were Here apart is how it treats of the everyday personalities involved in the making of the album, as well as interviewing the surviving members of Floyd. This gives the film a genuinely lived in sense, a taste of what it must have been like to be a part of this project, as opposed to being forced to listen to some trumped up muso ranting about artistic significance. For these folks, it was a gig and that's were the real insight comes from.
My reaction is to be pretty surprised quite frankly,given that Scorsese's George Harrison documentary and "Searching for Sugarman" were also in contention. Both terrific films.The film did receive a remarkably positive reception when it was shown on the BBC in the summer and there was quite a buzz about it on Floyd websites who did some relentless campaigning on our behalf.
Nick Mason himself, revealed to be quite the affable no-nonsense charmer in the film, picked up the award at the ceremony. Floyd's other win on the night was the 'Reissue of the Year' award for its release 14 remastered albums, three 'Experience' edition CD sets and three multi-disc box sets.
Sounds like it was a good night to be a fan of honest to goodness rock and or roll.