'Icarus' Doping Movie Wins Best Documentary at Oscars

Netflix's doping documentary

On the other hand, Amazon did better a year ago, when Manchester by the Sea won awards for best actor and original screenplay, while The Salesman won for best foreign language film. He also co-founded Impact Partners, the production company that produced Icarus.

At the Oscars Sunday, Mr. Fogel, the director, thanked Mr. Swartz and Mr. Fialkow, who were on the stage for the award acceptance. "Yes, about Russian Federation but more than that about the importance of telling the truth".

Fogel dedicated the award to Grigory Rodchenkov, "our fearless whistleblower who now lives in grave danger", he said.

In 2014, playwright-turned-filmmaker Bryan Fogel set out to make a gonzo documentary (streaming on Netflix Friday) about steroid use in the vein of 2004's Super Size Me, in which Morgan Spurlock ate only McDonald's for a month to show the effect of fast food on the body. "It was a no-brainer decision". 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). He said he remains in fear of his life and under the protection of the U.S. Department of Justice. But along the way, he met the then-director of the Moscow anti-doping lab, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, and stumbled upon one of the biggest scandals in sports history.

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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 revelations made in the documentary film helped put Russian Federation in the spotlight.

The Russian Olympic Committee was suspended from participating at Pyeongchang, though many athletes were invited to compete as "Olympic athletes from Russia".