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Netflix's doping documentary 'Icarus' wins best documentary

Netflix's doping documentary 'Icarus' wins best documentary

"Abacus: Small Enough to Jail" about migrants from China, "Visages, Places" about French suburbs, "Last Men in Aleppo" about the war in Syria and "Strong Island" about the murder of an Afro-American and subsequent court proceedings also competed for this award.

At the Oscars Sunday, Mr. Fogel, the director, thanked Mr. Swartz and Mr. Fialkow, who were on the stage for the award acceptance.

"We hope Icarus is a wake-up call".

"We dedicate this award to Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, our fearless whistle blower who now lives in grave danger", he said.

The director also praised Netflix during his speech.




The documentary, distributed by Netflix, began with the premise of Fogel, an amateur cyclist, out to prove how easy it is to beat a drug test.

After a Los Angeles-based scientist backed out of the documentary, Fogel was referred to Grigory Rodchenkov, head of Russia's anti-doping program, to help administer hormone injections and smuggle his urine samples to Russian Federation for testing.

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.

"Here was this guy confessing he'd used performance-enhancing drugs his entire life", said Fogel. The film took an unexpected turn when they ended up uncovering one of the biggest doping scandals in recent history.

The revelations made in the documentary film helped put Russian Federation in the spotlight. Fogel's documentary helped shed a spotlight on the subject, and the country was subsequently banned from competing in the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. However, many Russian athletes were allowed to participate as "Olympic Athletes from Russia". Netflix later purchased the film for $5 million. The streaming service will release the documentary on Friday.

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