Director Asif Kapadia took the stage, along with producer James Gay-Rees, dedicating the trophy to Amy Winehouse and her fans.
“Really this film’s all about Amy, showing the world who she truly was, not a tabloid version of her,” said Kapadia said.
He continued, “This is for the fans, Amy’s fans who loved her through thick and thin – that’s all she ever really wanted.”
Winehouse’s parents, Mitch and Janis, have been vocal about their negative feelings towards the film, with Mitch expressing his distaste for it on Twitter in January. However, neither have yet tweeted about tonight’s win.
Kapadia’s deeply personal profile of the late Winehouse in Amy beat out Cartel Land, The Look of Silence, What Happened, Miss Simone? and Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom.
Notable past winners include Citizenfour, 20 Feet from Stardom, An Inconvenient Truth, March of the Penguins and Bowling for Columbine.
The 88th annual Awards, hosted by Chris Rock, are being presented live on ABC.