Local musician in Oscar-nominated documentary

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati musician Tony Riley appears in the documentary "20 Feet from Stardom" that is expected to win best documentary feature this Sunday at the Oscars.

Riley, who currently lives in Pleasant Ridge, was a drummer and background vocalist at Motown Records in the 1960s and 1970s for The Supremes, the Merry Clayton Band and other groups.

Other nominees for best documentary feature are "The Act of Killing," "Cutie and the Boxer," "Dirty Wars" and "The Square."

Here's a synopsis of "20 Feet from Stardom" courtesy of Oscar.go.com:

"Background singers heard on many of the 20th Century's greatest songs have made a crucial contribution to the world of pop music while remaining unknown to listeners. The singers take center stage for an in-depth look at their role as supporting figures in the complex process involved in creating the finished recordings.

You can watch a trailer here:

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