“Amy” wins at BAFTAs, Grammys

Asif Kapadia's doc on late singer Amy Winehouse picked up Best Documentary honors at the annual BAFTA Film Awards, as well as the Best Music Film prize at the Grammy Awards.
February 14, 2016

Asif Kapadia‘s Amy sweeped the weekend’s awards ceremonies, picking up Best Documentary honors at the BAFTA Film Awards, as well as the Best Music Film prize at the Grammy Awards.

The Senna director’s film about late singer Amy Winehouse (pictured) was awarded the doc prize at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ annual awards ceremony, held on Sunday (February 14) at the Royal Opera House in London.

Other nominees in the doc category included Matthew Heineman’s Cartel Land, about a Mexican physician battling the country’s drug cartels; Davis Guggenheim‘s He Named Me Malala, on female rights activist and Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai; Stevan Riley’s Listen to Me Marlon, on actor Marlon Brando’s previously unheard audio tape recordings; and Jennifer Peedom’s Sherpa, documenting Mount Everest’s Sherpa community following a deadly April 2014 avalanche.

Kapadia’s Amy was also up for the Outstanding British Film prize – the only documentary in the batch – but ultimately lost out to John Crowley’s drama Brooklyn.

A day later, the film took home the Best Music Film prize at the 58th annual Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles on Monday (February 15). The award goes to both Kapadia and producer James Gay-Rees.

Gay-Rees, who spoke with realscreen ahead of the doc’s summer 2015 release, in January picked up the Producers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures. Kapadia – one of realscreen’s Trailblazers of 2015 - was also nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary, but eventually lost to Cartel Land helmer Matthew Heineman.

Amy has so far won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature, and was last month nominated for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar. The 88th Academy Awards will be held on February 28 in Los Angeles.

With files from Daniele Alcinii.

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