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Doping documentary 'Icarus' wins Oscar

Doping documentary 'Icarus' wins Oscar

The film about the doping system in Russian Federation has won an Oscar at Sunday's 90th Academy Awards (Oscars) in Los Angeles. The awarding ceremony is taking place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and is being broadcasted by ABC.

The director Fogel took a second to dedicate the award to Russian doping whistleblower, Grigory Rodchenkov, the director said, "We dedicate this award to Dr Grigory Rodchenkov - a fearless whistleblower who now lives in grave danger", Fogel said. Rodchenkov, as the doc recounts, had been at the center of a state-sponsored doping program, set up to give the country's athletes an unfair edge in global competition. This certainly marks a victory for the 1997 founded video-on-demand service, Netflix.

However, The Chilean movie "A Fantastic Woman" has won the Academy Award as the Best Foreign Language Film beating Zvyagintsev's nominee "Loveless".

'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'.

Icarus didn't set out to blow the lid on the Russian doping scandal, which hadn't been uncovered when filming began. Fearing for his life, Rodchenkov fled to the USA with Fogel's help and confessed on camera that he oversaw the swapping out of hundreds of athletes' urine samples during the Sochi games. "Netflix has single-handedly changed the documentary world", Fogel said.

Netflix reportedly paid $5 million to acquire the film. "I'm honored that this is their film". He then stumbled upon one of the biggest sports scandals.

The evidence presented by Rodchenkov and Fogel was instrumental in Russia's ban from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

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