Russian doping documentary “Icarus” has won the best documentary at the Academy Awards held on Sunday.
Icarus, which was directed by Bryan Fogel and produced by Dan Cogan is the first feature film documentary Oscar for Netflix.
The documentary saw off “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” “Faces Places,” “Last Men in Aleppo,” and “Strong Island.” to win the award.
The film is about a major international doping scandal as revealed by Grigory Rodchenkov, the head of the Russian anti-doping laboratory.
Rodchenkov was one of the whistleblowers who spoke about Russian athletes making use of performance-enhancing drugs to compete in the Olympic Games
This documentary played a major role in the ban of Russia from the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea though the country’s athletes were allowed to feature under a neutral flag as “Olympic Athletes from Russia.”
In his acceptance, Director Bryan Fogel said: “We dedicate this award to Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, our fearless whistleblower who now lives in great danger. We hope ‘Icarus’ is a wake-up call — yes, about Russia, but more than that, about the importance of telling the truth, now more than ever.”