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Asif Kapadia wins best documentary Oscar for “Amy”

PTI Los Angeles | Updated on January 20, 2018 Published on February 29, 2016

Asif Kapadia (L) and James Gay-Rees accept the Oscar for the Best Documentary Feature for their movie "Amy" at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California.   -  Reuters

British singer Amy Winehouse. File Photo

British singer Amy Winehouse. File Photo   -  Reuters

The film has been critics favourite since making its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

Indo-British filmmaker Asif Kapadia won the best documentary Oscar for “Amy”, a poignant examination of singer Amy Winehouse’s life and her tragic death at the age of 27.

Kapadia, who has already won the Golden Globe and Bafta awards for the documentary, paid tribute to Winehouse, who died in 2011 following a battle with drug and alcohol that was gleefully captured by tabloids.

“Really, this film is all about Amy, this is all about showing the world who she really was: not her tabloid persona, the beautiful girl, the amazing soul, funny, intelligent, witty, someone special, someone who needed looking after. We just wanted to make a film to show the world who she really was,” Kapadia said while accepting his Oscar trophy.

Producer James Gay-Rees said the award was for all the fans and followers of Winehouse, whose support she always wanted. “...this is for the fans, Amy’s fans who loved her through thick and thin, that’s all she ever really needed,” Gay-Rees said.

Kapadia’s documentary saw off competition from “Cartel Land”, “The Look of Silence”, “What Happened Miss Simone?”, “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom”.

The film has been critics favourite since making its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last year. However, the singer’s father Mitch distanced himself from the documentary calling it a disappointment.

Kapadia, 44, is known for directing “Senna” in 2012 and Irrfan Khan-starrer “The Warrior” in 2003.

Published on February 29, 2016
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