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Mr. Winehouse Distraught Over ‘Amy’ Oscar Win

By Julie Fink
Posted On Mar 01, 2016
Mr. Winehouse Distraught Over ‘Amy’ Oscar Win

Superfans of the late Amy Winehouse rejoiced after “Amy” won Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday. Everyone except Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s father, was thrilled.

The story about the musical genius and her tragic drug and alcohol fueled death was told by London director Asif Kapadia. This would be his first Oscar alongside additional wins from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the Grammys, and others with a gross box office totaling over $8.4 million.

“This film’s all about Amy, showing the world who she really was,” Kapadia said, describing the troubled singer-songwriter as “funny,” ”intelligent,” and “someone who needed looking after.”

Winehouse’s father, Mitch, who is portrayed encouraging Amy to continue to perform despite troubles with substance abuse, and brought in a camera crew during a vulnerable point in her career, has slammed the filmmakers on Twitter, calling the film “one dimensional, miserable and misleading.”

Winehouse took to Twitter to express his misgivings on Kapadia’s Oscar Win saying: “… He fooled everybody.”

The Winehouse family had previously shared their disapproval of the film before it was released last year, saying in a statement that “Amy” is “both misleading and contains some basic truths.”

“The narrative is formed by the testimony of a narrow sample of Amy’s associates,” the statement read, “many of whom had nothing to do with her in the last years of her life. Counterviews expressed to the filmmakers did not make the final cut.”

Kapadia shares the Oscar with producer James Gay-Rees. Kapadia and Gay-Rees shrugged off the criticism in a backstage interview with reporters.

“Our job wasn’t to blame anybody, it was to tell people how great Amy was,” Gay-Rees said.

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