Amy Winehouse's dad unhappy about Oscars win

Gemma Strong

Mitch Winehouse has said he will not change his stance on a documentary about his daughter Amy Winehouse - despite the fact it has just won an Oscar. Asif Kapadia's movie Amy was named Best Documentary Feature at Sunday night's Academy Awards, but its success has not gone down well with the late singer's father.

In a series of tweets, Mitch criticised Amy for the "negative, spiteful and misleading portrayal" of the star, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 27 after a long-publicised battle with drink and drugs.


Mitch Winehouse has criticised the documentary - based on the life of his daughter Amy

"Always proud of my baby," the 64-year-old told his 63,400 followers. "Amy will not get an Oscar though. Just Asif Kapadia. That is what this is all about… Asif. He’s fooled everybody.

"I'm not changing my stance just because the film won an Oscar. It's a negative, spiteful and misleading portrayal of Amy. We will fix this."

It is not the first time Mitch has expressed his distaste for the film, which was released in July. Immediately after watching it, he said: "We are very disappointed. It missed a trick and it was very hurtful for the family.

"…There is no sense of the fun of Amy. That was how she got through her problems – by laughing."


Amy was named Best Documentary Feature at Sunday's Oscars

Mitch also shared his disappointment upon learning that Amy had received an Oscar nomination. "It sickens me that it is up for an Oscar because he (Asif) is getting these accolades, people will think his version of Amy's life is the definitive one," he told the Express. "It is anything but.

"It doesn't show that for the last three years of her life she was clean of drugs… You don't see the Amy who was hysterically funny and witty and kind. The message of the film could have been, 'Drugs are bad but Amy dealt with her addiction.' Instead it says nothing positive about Amy."

Speaking at Sunday night's Oscars, director Asif and producer James Gay-Rees said they thought their film had managed to change people's perceptions of the singer. "A lot of people, particularly in the US, summed up Amy in one word: 'She's a trainwreck,'" Asif commented. Now, he said, the public see "there's so much more to her".


Producer James Gay-Rees and director Asif Kapadia with their Academy Awards

"Most people say they just want to give her a hug. That's great but sadly she didn't get that love when she was around but that's the biggest change I've seen. I think there's a much better feeling people have about her."

Asked about Mitch's opposition to the film, James said the film did not intend to cast blame on anyone.

He added: "The film is about Amy. She became a bit of a punch bag and a bit of a bad gag. The film has opened people's eyes to her again and what a great talent she was. That's what our job was and I think we have done that and that should be enough."