Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
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'Icarus' wins Oscar for Best Documentary

'Icarus' wins Oscar for Best Documentary

Netflix's Icarus, about the Russian state-sponsored doping programme, won the Oscar award for Best Documentary at the 90th Academy Awards.

The film focuses on the Russian Doping scandal surrounding the Olympics and features London lawyer and Western Law Professor Richard McLaren.

In his acceptance speech, Fogel said, "We dedicate this award to Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, our fearless whistleblower who now lives in great danger".

"Icarus" is also the first feature documentary to win an Oscar for Netflix.

Icarus bested Faces Places, Strong Island, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail and Last Men in Aleppo. The film's director initially wanted to see if he could get away with doping in a professional sport, but he ended up unearthing one of the biggest sports scandals ever.

During the ceremony Fogel said he dedicated the film to Grigory Rodchenkov, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) informant and former head of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory.

Rodchenkov, who is under US protection, fled to the United States in 2016 after producing documents obtained during his years as Russia's anti-doping lab director which describe an elaborate ruse by Russian Federation and its athletes to evade doping tests.

"And here, after 12 or more years of chasing Lance Armstrong since 1999, with him being the "most tested athlete on planet earth", this guy had still never failed a drug test". "I'm honored that this is their film".

Icarus shows "the extent to which they'll go to win", he says. "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.

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