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Oscars 2018: Netflix's Icarus Wins Best Documentary

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Nellie Chapman | 06 March, 2018, 01:55

Icarus, a film about doping in Russian Federation has won the Oscar for the best documentary. 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.

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.

The documentary then took a turn when Rodchenkov admitted to being vital in Russia's state-sponsored doping programme ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Netflix was also nominated in the Best Documentary category for Strong Island, a film that explored the death of director Yance Ford's brother, and the broken judicial system that allowed his killer to be freed. "Yes, about Russian Federation but more than that about the importance of telling the truth". He said that Lance Armstrong's evasion of positive dope tests was the original impetus behind the film. They got him on tax evasion.

Given the film's real-life implications, and the daily news stories about Russian Federation possibly hacking the 2016 presidential election in favor of Donald Trump, "it's made it hard for me to enjoy the journey of this", Fogel says.

The Netflix-backed film by Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan originally set out to chart the progress of Fogel as he took performance-enhancing substances to prepare for the amateur Haute Route cycling event. This certainly marks a victory for the 1997 founded video-on-demand service, Netflix. "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".