Asif Kapadia film on Amy Winehouse asserts itself as major awards season contender
The prestigious National Board of Review [NBR] today named Asif Kapadia's Amy the best documentary of 2015.
The honor came within hours of the Gotham Independent Film Awards where Amy lost out to The Look of Silence in the race for Best Documentary.
The Look of Silence made the NBR's list of the top five documentaries of the year:
>Best of Enemies directed by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon
>The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution directed by Stanley Nelson
>The Diplomat directed by David Holbrooke
>Listen to Me Marlon directed by Stevan Riley
>The Look of Silence directed by Joshua Oppenheimer
Amy, about the supremely gifted but deeply troubled singer Amy Winehouse, who died at age 27, is one of three music-themed documentaries earning major praise this awards season.
The other two are Janis: Little Girl Blue about another singer who died at 27 -- Janis Joplin -- and What Happened, Miss Simone? the documentary about the late Nina Simone directed by Liz Garbus.
In a surprise, the NBR named Mad Max: Fury Road the best narrative film of the year, beating out Creed, The Martian, Straight Outta Compton and a handful of other contenders.
Click on the release below for the full list of NBR winners.
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and Documentary.org.