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Oscars ‘Daily Bite’: Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone movies vying for award

A young Amy Winehouse, right, in a scene

A young Amy Winehouse, right, in a scene from the documentary "Amy." Credit: A24 Films

Dueling divas seems to be the theme of this year’s documentary feature category.

Among the nominees are “Amy,” the story of troubled singer Amy Winehouse who died in 2011 at age 27, and “What Happened, Miss Simone?” about Nina Simone, the R&B songstress who was even more passionate about civil rights than she was about her music.

“Amy” appears to be the front-runner thanks to rave reviews and a healthy box office ($8.4 million domestic gross), while the Netflix-produced “Miss Simone” had more limited exposure.

Rounding out the category are “Cartel Land,” about a physician who leads a revolt against a Mexican drug cartel; “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” about unrest in Ukraine”; and “Amy’s” stiffest competition, “The Look of Silence,” about genocide in Indonesia.


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