Oscars 2018: Netflix's Icarus Wins Best Documentary

Grant SmithMar 06, 2018

The documentary from director Bryan Fogel about Russia's state-sanctioned doping program earned the award for Best Documentary Feature during Sunday's Academy Awards. The awarding ceremony is taking place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and is being broadcasted by ABC.

After a Los Angeles-based scientist backed out of the documentary, Fogel was referred to Grigory Rodchenkov, head of Russia's anti-doping program, to help administer hormone injections and smuggle his urine samples to Russian Federation for testing.

Fogel and Cogan also praised Netflix, noting that the streaming service releases in 190 countries.

'We hope Icarus is a wake-up call, yes, about Russian Federation, but more than that, about the importance of telling the truth, now more than ever'. Russian Federation has continued to deny the existence of a state-sponsored doping programme, instead blaming Rodchenkov for acting on his own, who remains in danger.

Icarus, a film produced by Impact Partners whose executive director is Dan Cogan, won an Oscar for best documentary.

Fogel dedicated the award to Rodchenkov, whom he described as "our fearless whistle-blower who now lives in grave danger". "Netflix has single-handedly changed the documentary world", Fogel said. The film centred around the worldwide doping scandal which exposed how Russian athletes used performance-enhancing drugs in order to compete in the Olympic Games. "It was a no-brainer decision". "I go from, 'This is a insane story about Russian Federation and this scandal in sports, ' to all of a sudden Russian Federation is dominating the news".

Netflix reportedly paid $5 million to acquire the film. Fogel's documentary helped lead to the ban of Russian Federation from competing in the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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