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What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)
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Director:Liz Garbus Producer:Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby, Jayson Jackson, Justin Wilkes Cinematography:Igor Martinovic

Edited by:Joshua L. Pearson Running time:1h 41min Country:United States Language:English

Genre:Documentary, Biography, Music  Subtitle:English  Starring: James Baldwin ... Himself (archive footage),
tokely Carmichael ... Himself (archive footage)
, Walter Cronkite ... Himself (archive footage), Stanley Crouch ... Himself,
Gerrit De Bruin ... Himself - Friend
, Dick Gregory ... Himself, Hugh M. Hefner ... Himself (archive footage),

Elisabeth Henry-Macari ... Miss Mazzie, Lisa Simone Kelly ... Herself, Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage),
Al Schackman ... Himself
, Attallah Shabazz ... Herself (as Ambassador Shabazz), Ilyasah Shabazz ... Herself,
Nina Simone ... Herself (archive footage)
, Andrew Stroud ... Himself (archive footage), Malcolm X ... Himself (archive footage)

 
 

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ҧ:Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 11 nominations.

 

 

Academy Awards, USA 2016

Nominated
Oscar
Best Documentary, Feature
Liz Garbus 
Amy Hobby 
Justin Wilkes 
 

Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2016

Nominated
EDA Award
Best Documentary Feature Film
Liz Garbus 
 

Black Film Critics Circle Awards 2015

Won
BFCC Award
Best Documentary
 

Black Reel Awards 2016

Nominated
Black Reel
Outstanding Documentary
Liz Garbus (Director) 
 

Chlotrudis Awards 2016

Nominated
Chlotrudis Award
Best Documentary
 

Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US 2016

Nominated
Cinema Eye Audience Choice Prize
Liz Garbus 
 

Directors Guild of America, USA 2016

Nominated
DGA Award
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
Liz Garbus 
 

Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) 2016

Nominated
Dorian Award
Documentary of the Year
 

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2015

Nominated
Audience Award
Best Documentary
Liz Garbus 
8th Place
 

Image Awards 2016

Nominated
Image Award
Outstanding Documentary (Film)
 

International Documentary Association 2015

Nominated
IDA Award
Best Feature
Liz Garbus 
Amy Hobby 
Jayson Jackson 
Justin Wilkes 
Nominated
Video Source Award
Liz Garbus 
 

Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA 2016

Nominated
Golden Reel Award
Best Sound Editing - Documentary Feature Film
Tony Volante 
 

Women Film Critics Circle Awards 2015

Won
Josephine Baker Award
 
 
 

On stage Nina Simone was known for her utterly free, uninhibited musical expression, which enthralled audiences and attracted life-long fans. But amid the violent, haunting, and senseless day-to-day of the civil rights era in 1960s America, Simone struggled to reconcile her artistic identity and ambition with her devotion to a movement. Culled from hours of autobiographical tapes, this new film unveils the unmitigated ego of a brilliant artist and the absurdities of her time. At the height of her fame Simone walked away from her family, country, career and fans, to move to Liberia and give up performing. The story of her life leading up to that event poses the question, ''how does royalty stomp around in the mud and still walk with grace?''

What Happened, Miss Simone is a 2015 biographical documentary film about Nina Simone directed by Liz Garbus. The film opened the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The screening was followed by a tribute performance by John Legend. The film was released by Netflix on June 26, 2015. The documentary combines previously unreleased archival footage and interviews with Simone''s daughter and friends. The title of the film was taken from a Maya Angelou quote.

 Michael Hogan wrote for Vanity Fair that, "The risk of making a documentary of a towering artist is that, by explaining her, you only end up diminishing her. Not Nina Simone—not this time. In Liz Garbus’s telling, Simone’s talent and personality shine through, as gloriously singular, and uncontrollable, as ever." On December 1st, the film was selected as one of 15 shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The movie was nominated on January 14, 2016 for a 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary – Feature.







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