Asif Kapadia’s documentary Amy, relating the life and untimely death of singer Amy Winehouse, has won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. The film focuses heavily on the British singer’s struggles with drugs and alcohol while in the public eye, as well as delving into details of her 2011 death.
Immediately after her passing there was a flurry of conflicting media reports about drugs and alcohol but an inquest later found that she had died of alcohol poisoning, likely aggravated by the fact that she engaged in binge drinking after a period of abstinence reduced her tolerance.
Winehouse’s father, Mitch, has expressed outrage at the film, calling it “a one-dimensional, miserable and misleading portrayal of Amy.” Mitch Winehouse has become a major advocate for people struggling with addiction since his daughter’s death, helping to set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation to assist disadvantaged children and those affected by drug problems.
Before winning the Oscar the documentary had received widespread critical acclaim for its dark, intimate and heartbreaking portrayal of a pop icon. It has become the highest-grossing documentary in UK history.