Nina Simone biopic and Laurie Anderson film also nominated
Recent Amy Winehouse film, Amy, has been shortlisted for an Oscar.
Asif Kapadia’s documentary about the late British singer was released in July to vast critical acclaim and became the biggest British documentary ever at the UK box office.
Now, Amy has been shortlisted for the Best Documentary award at next year’s Oscars ceremony.
Nina Simone biopic What Happened, Miss Simone? and Laurie Anderson’s Heart Of A Dog are other music-related documentaries nominated, but Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck failed to make the cut.
The shortlist will be reduced to five nominations on January 14. The Oscars 2016 ceremony itself will be held on February 28.
See the full shortlist below.
Best Of Enemies
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
He Named Me Malala
Heart Of A Dog
The Hunting Ground
Listen To Me Marlon
The Look Of Silence
3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets
We Come As Friends
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Where To Invade Next
Winter On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom
Director Asif Kapadia spoke to NME about the making of Amy earlier this year. Kapadia said that he became increasingly “angry” while making the film and finding out more about Winehouse’s demise, elaborating that he “wanted the audience to be angry” too.
“People watching the film tend to feel a bit guilty,” the filmmaker said. “One reading of it is that we all got into this idea that we could bully this girl, or join in laughing at her, because she wouldn’t answer back and didn’t have anyone around her who seemed to care.
“We never stopped to think about what we were doing to her. This is a girl who had a mental illness, yet every comedian, every TV host, they all did it with such ease, without even thinking. We all got carried away with it.”