“This is for the fans,” said James Gay-Rees in his acceptance speech. “Amy’s fans loved her through thick and thin. That was all she really needed.”
Director Asif Kapadia said, “Thank you; this is amazing. Thank you to everyone in the Academy for the love you showed to the film, to the contributors. This film’s all about Amy showing who she really was: Funny, intelligent, witty. We just wanted to make a film to show what she really was.”
“Amy” won over “Cartel Land,” “The Look of Silence,” “What Happened, Miss Simone?” and “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom.”
“Amy” is the highest-grossing film of the quintet with $22 million in worldwide grosses, including $8 million in the U.S. for A24 and $5.7 million in the U.K. It won the Producers Guild Award for top documentary last month.
The movie was produced by Krishwerkz Entertainment, On the Corner Films, Playmaker Films and Universal Music. The films centers on Winehouse’s life and her struggle with substance abuse problems, which led to her premature death in 2011 at the age of 27.
The film starts with a 1998 home movie of Winehouse at the age of 14 singing at a birthday party. She broke out via her debut album “Frank” in 2003, and gained major success with her second and final album “Back to Black” in 2006.
Kapadia conducted more than 100 interviews for the film, which is touted as “the singer in her own words,” and includis unheard tracks that Winehouse had recorded.