Director Asif Kapadia’s documentary “Amy” scored an Oscar nomination on Thursday, but Amy Winehouse’s father is not holding back his hatred for the film portraying his daughter’s life and death.
“Just heard Amy nominated for Brit for best British female singer. We are so proud of you baby,” Mitch Winehouse tweeted on Thursday, referring to the “Back to Black” singer’s posthumous Brit Award nomination in the British female solo artist category alongside Adele, Florence Welch, Jess Glynne and Laura Marling.
“Still hate the film though!” he continued, in a jab to the highly-acclaimed documentary, which premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Just heard Amy nominated for Brit for best British female singer. We are so proud of you baby. Still hate the film though!
— mitch winehouse (@mitchwinehouse) January 14, 2016
Amy’s rise to fame and downfall to drink, 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.
He is also seen saying he didn’t think Amy needed to go to rehab in 2005, leading to the famous line, “If my daddy thinks I’m fine” in her hit song “Rehab.” Mitch has said claims the clip was edited.
This is far from the first time that Mitch has been critical of “Amy.” After first seeing it at in October 2014, he said: “It was horrible.”
After the screening, he went up to the filmmakers and “told them that they were a disgrace. I said: ‘You should be ashamed of yourselves. You had the opportunity to make a wonderful film and you’ve made this,’” Mitch told the Guardian.
“They are trying to portray me in the worst possible light,” he added.
Other family members can’t bring themselves to watch the doc. Her stepfather, Richard Collins, said he and Amy’s mother, Janis, will never see it.
“We’ve not see the film, it’s that simple,” Collins told People. “It’s purely the fact that Jan cannot bring herself to watch her daughter die on the big screen.”
Amy Winehouse died at her London home on July 23, 2011, at age 27. A second inquest in January 2013 confirmed that she died of accidental alcohol poisoning, after the coroner ruled that she had a blood alcohol level that was five times the legal drink-drive limit at the time of her death.
“Amy” has now been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, along with “Cartel Land,” “The Look of Silence,” “What Happened, Miss Simone?” and “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom.”