December 2, 2015


'Amy,' Nina Simone Film on Oscar Documentaries Shortlist

A24; Netflix
A24; Netflix

The 88th annual Academy Awards (hosted by Chris Rock!) won’t announce their nominations until January, but today we’ve got the documentaries short-list. And in the music turf, two deceased icons are up for consideration: July's Amy Winehouse doc, Amy, and Netflix’s Nina Simone project, What Happened, Miss Simone? 

The Simone documentary was helmed by Liz Garbus, who has been directing and producing docs nonstop since the mid-‘90s, investigating Marilyn Monroe and chess king Bobby Fischer along the way. 

Amy came from Asif Kapadia, a British director who will direct an Oasis documentary next. The movie featured conversations with Mark RonsonPete DohertyTony Bennett and Yasiin Bey. There’s now a Winehouse biopic in the works, with actress Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, the original Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy) and director Kristen Sheridan (August Rush, Dollhouse) involved.

The Oscars air on Feb. 28, 2016. Here’s the full documentaries short-list for the 2016 Oscars, which will be narrowed to five come nominations day:

3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets
Best Of Enemies
Cartel Land
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
We Come As Friends
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Where To Invade Next
Winter On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom

Stereogum notes that “HBO’s Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck, which did have a limited theatrical release and is thus eligible for the Oscars, is not on there.”