The Amy Winehouse documentary might have bagged a golden Oscar statuette yesterday, but her father, Mitch Winehouse isn’t pleased.
Titled, “Amy”, the documentary feature was directed by Asif Kapadia and released on 3rd July last year. However, the documentary has been blasted by Mitch, who insisted that Asif Kapadia’s team were misleading about their failure to help the late-singer overcome her drug and alcohol addictions.
Best known for her trademark winged eyeliner, soulful voice, and beautiful songs including “Valerie”, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”, and “Love Is A Losing Game”, Amy won 5 Grammy Awards for her 2nd album titled, “Back to Black”, which broke records at the time of her death to become the UK’s best-selling album of the 21st century.
Amy Winehouse was only 27 years old when she died of alcohol poisoning in July 2011.
Amy’s rise to fame and downfall due to alcohol, drugs, and bulimia are documented in the film, which also shows Mitch’s relationship with his Grammy-winning daughter. At one point, they clash over him bringing a TV crew to St. Barts while she was trying to escape paparazzi and her personal demons.
Mitch wanted take legal action with plans to sue for defamation. “I felt sick when I watched it for the first time. Amy would be furious. This is not what she would have wanted. I am painted as being an absent father during her last years. It gives the impression the family weren’t there,” he had previously said.
He also instructed his lawyers to try to cease the documentary’s release. It was clear that he hated the fact that the documentary was nominated for an Oscar in January.
After it was announced that “Amy” had won “Best Documentary Feature” at the 88th Annual Academy Awards, Mitch continued to talk smack on the documentary. He took to Twitter to slam the win, saying, “Amy will not get an oscar though. Just Asif Kapadia. That is what this is all about…Asif. He’s fooled everybody.”
Always proud of my baby. Amy will not get an oscar though. Just Asif Kapadia. That is what this is all about…Asif. He's fooled everybody
— mitch winehouse (@mitchwinehouse) February 29, 2016ADVERTISEMENT
I am not changing my stance just because film won Oscar. It's a negative, spiteful and misleading portrayal of Amy. We will fix this.
— mitch winehouse (@mitchwinehouse) February 29, 2016
“Amy” was up against 4 other documentaries for the highly coveted Oscar trophy namely “Cartel Land” by Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin, “The Look of Silence” by Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen, “What Happened, Miss Simone?” by Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes, and “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” by Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor.