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Amy wins Best documentary Feature at Oscars 2016: 5 interesting facts about this Asif Kapadia film

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:49 IST

British filmmaker Asif Kapdia, who has his roots in South Asia, bagged the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for Amy. The film, which chronicles the life and death of British popstar Amy Winehouse swept all major awards for 2015.

Here are five interesting facts about the film:

1. Amy is the highest grossing British documentary of all time. Including the 88th Academy Film Awards, it has won 27 film awards. This also include Best European Documentary, Best Documentary at the 69th British Academy Film Awards, Best Music Film at the 2016 Grammy Awards.

2. Amy courted controversy after it was criticised by the singer's own family. Amy Winehouse's father, Mitch, distanced himself from the documentary, claiming that it was a false portrayal and that it misled viewers about his relationship with his late daughter.

3. The music of the film contains some of the hit tracks by the popular singer, including Stronger Than Me, Tears Dry On Their Own, Back to Black, Rehab, We're Still Friends among others.

4. Amy shares a number of traits with Senna - Kapadia's documentary on Brazillian motor-racing champion, Ayrton Senna. The documentary includes some previously unseen footage from the singer's life. Kapadia and producer James Gay-Rees went on to record to say:

"Everyone fell under her spell. But tragically, Amy seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention, her troubled relationships, her global success and precarious lifestyle."

5. The film also helped Winehouse win her second nomination at the 2016 BRIT Awards - this time a posthumous one - for Best British Female Solo Artist.

First published: 29 February 2016, 11:01 IST
 
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