Russian doping documentary "Icarus" has won the best documentary Academy Award for director Bryan Fogel and producer Dan Cogan - marking the first feature film documentary Oscar for Netflix. Directed by Bryan Fogel, this film presents the studies by Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of Russia's national anti-doping laboratory, and informer of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Icarus managed to beat fellow documentaries Abacus, Last Men in Aleppo, Strong Island and Face Places to the award with Fogel praising the work of the now-hidden Rochenkov. The win at Oscars 2018 is the second Oscar for Netflix in as many years, following its win in Documentary Short Subject category for The White Helmets in 2017.
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'We dedicate this award to Dr Grigory Rodchenkov, our fearless whistleblower who now lives in great danger, ' Fogel said. "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". Last year, its White Helmets documentary won Best Documentary Feature, while this year saw Netflix earn eight nominations.
Icarus didn't set out to blow the lid on the Russian doping scandal, which hadn't been uncovered when filming began. 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. "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". It forced the International Olympic Committee to investigate the entire matter and ban Russian Federation from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics event, which was held last month in Pyeongchang, South Korea.