She said, in her Oscar acceptance speech, "I know everybody in New Zealand has been thanked. So I'm going to thank everybody in South Africa, my home country. They're all watching tonight. And I'm bringing this home next week."
Watch and celebrate Charlize Theron's success they did, indeed. A report in The Guardian mentions that President Thabo Mbeki cheered loud and long. He said in a statement, "South Africa has done it again: the Nobel prize for peace [Nelson Mandela], Nobel for literature [Nadine Gordimer, J M Coetzee]. And now, an Oscar for Best Actress. Theron has proved that we as a nation can produce the best in the world."
And the reason Benoni residents will not be able to see it in their town is that, apparently, the film's South African distributor believes they are 'too downmarket to appreciate it'.
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